Class studies false online info

By | February 21, 2017
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Illustration of computer screen showing "Misinformer Gazette."

(Michigan News)

The U-M Library, which has a long record of improving the way students go about finding, evaluating, and using information in their academic work, is fighting back against fake news. A marked increase in the online dissemination of intentionally false information has led librarians to join with campus partners at LSA to create a class aimed at helping students develop better critical evaluation skills of news items. The one-credit course, called “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction,” will be available to students starting in fall 2017. “Recent concerns about ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ has us looking for ways to expand our professional efforts to help students become more critical and reflective information consumers,” said Laurie Alexander, associate university librarian for learning and teaching.

Updated 3-29-17: Learn more on how other libraries across the country are trying to educate people into being better, more discerning consumers of news.