DISINFORMATION, MISINFORMATION, AND FAKE NEWS TEACH-OUT|ONLINE COURSE

October 5, 2020 282

Learn how to critically engage with media sources and combat disinformation

This Teach-Out course will develop your understanding of your understanding of the sources of misleading and false information in the mass media, and help you learn to critically consume media and information.

Learn what drives fake news

We live in an era where information can be transmitted around the world at the click of a button – whether it’s factually correct or not.

The information landscape is massive and complex. Misinformation – unintentionally false information – and disinformation – intentionally false information – play a large role in shaping public beliefs on important subjects like politics, science, healthcare, and current affairs.

This learning experience will help you to better understand how false information arises and impacts 21st century society.

Build your critical literacy skills

This landscape of modern mass media means that many are increasingly relying on social media and unverified news sites for their news information.

This landscape of modern mass media means that many are increasingly relying on social media and unverified news sites for their news information.

Alongside experts from the University of Michigan and beyond, you’ll develop your understanding of today’s information landscape and learn how to build vital skills in media literacy so that you’re able to confidently consume and relay factual information.

What topics will you cover?

  • Disinformation and misinformation
  • Fake News
  • Media Literacy
  • Psychology of Processing Information

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Explore the history of terms and concepts like “disinformation,” “misinformation” and “fake news”
  • Identify different types of disinformation and how it’s transmitted and received
  • Evaluate your own habits of media consumption and reactions when presented with novel information
  • Develop strategies to combat disinformation in your own life

Duration: 2 weeks
Weekly study: 2 hours

Learn more about Course here.

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