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EDHD 703: Source Selection, Multimedia & Misinformation: How Students Learn to Navigate Evidence in the 21st Century: Media Literacy & Misinformation

Course will explore how evidence is acquired, produced, and used to make inferences and draw conclusions about the world.

Media Literacy

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act using all forms of communication. A media literate person can think critically about what they see, hear, and read in books, newspapers, magazines, television, radio, movies, music, advertising, the Internet, and new emerging technology. An essential life skill that empowers you to be both a critical thinker and an effective communicator.

Sources: The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and Project Look Sharp

Misinformation vs. Disinformation

Similar terms referring to information that is false. They are not interchangeable!

Misinformation: False or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive. [information you thought was true]

Disinformation: False information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media. [information you knew wasn't true]

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

What is "Fake News"?

Fake news itself comes in a variety of flavors:

  • Pure fake news sites use fabricated stories to lure traffic, encourage clicks (click bait), influence or profit using intentionally deceptive, but highly intriguing, often sensational information.

  • Hoax sites also share false information with the intention to trick readers/viewers

  • Satirical sites present news with a comical, often exaggerated spin

  • Born digital images and edited images alter and often misrepresent visual reality

Source: School Library Journal

Spotting "Fake News"