Years ago, before the internet, the financial cost of becoming a news organization was a significant barrier to just anyone creating a news organization. Now all it takes is a website, blog, and/or social media account and anyone can have a “news site”. The amount of information out there is only growing; which requires the consumer to do more work in evaluating the information presented.
The University of Michigan has put together a teach-out, “Fake News, Facts, and Alternative Facts”, that goes over fake news how to spot it, how our own biases play into our analysis of news, and things we can look out for when analyzing news articles. The course is designed to be done over a weekend.
A few of the topics covered:
- How we know things
- How to identify types of evidence
- Different types of inaccurate information
- Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases
- Tips to reading and evaluating news online
- A worksheet to evaluate your news diet.
The teach-out runs through October 22, 2017. It is designed to be completed in a few hours. The system remembers where a user left off so it doesn’t have to be done in one sitting.
Here is the link:
Updated 10/30/2018 to change the link: https://www.edx.org/course/fake-news-facts-alternative-facts-michiganx-teachout-2x The previous link https://www.coursera.org/learn/fake-news-facts-alternative-facts-michiganx-teachout-2x# does not work anymore.