Information Literacy Series: Spotting Misinformation Online

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As an education professional and research expert, you know misinformation when you see it. Far harder is teaching our students to leverage the same critical thinking skills that we’re so used to employing in the process! In this multipart series, we’ll share innovative tools and strategies to help you teach students to spot misinformation online.

Part 1: CLICK HERE! From Yellow Journalism to Modern Clickbait

Learn about the origins of fake news in the United States, starting with tabloid stories from the 1800s.

Part 2: Fake News and Newspaper Wars

An exercise for students to learn about misinformation in the 19th century.

Part 3: Purpose, Authority, and Accuracy: The Fundamentals of Evaluating Resources

Explore this framework for evaluating bias and credibility in online sources paired with an animated, student-friendly tutorial video!

Part 4: Lateral Reading and the WAAC Method

Discover how lateral reading can help students evaluate their information.

Part 5: Social Media as a Tool of Persuasion

Leading educators discuss social media’s role in perpetuating false information, and how we can help student both identify that information and respond accordingly.

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