Dr. Berger teaches a course and has written a book about effective thinking. He provides prompts to help us practice: 1. understand deeply; 2. effective failure (see it as an intermediate step to getting someplace else); 3. art of creating questions (internal process of soliciting questions); 4. practice of seeing the flow of ideas-every new idea leads somewhere else
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Offers prompts to help you mindfully practice areas of effective thinking. Prompt examples: To help you understand deeply, first declare to yourself internally that you do NOT understand something. This puts you in the mindset of asking how you can understand it more deeply. Another prompt: Add adjective(s) to try to describe something (every time you label something, you will see it in different ways). Embrace failure as an intermediate process, lift all constraints and try failing intentionally to provoke another thought. The editing process lets you react and improve your thought process. Never be a passive observer; create questions. What are your questions? You do not want to ever be 100% certain because that is akin to close-mindedness.
In this free online course, learn how to fact and source-check in five easy lessons. Each lesson is about 30 minutes; the entire course is about three hours. It can be dropped into any course or taken as a self-study experience.
CTRL-F: Find the Facts is a verification module that teaches simple digital literacy skills students can use to determine the reliability of any piece of information. CTRL-F is the keyboard shortcut for ‘find’ and the idea is that we can all develop a habit of using quick strategies to investigate news and information to determine what to trust. The module is built around three key skills: investigate the source, check the claim, and trace the information to find the original context. A series of engaging short videos provide the foundation of the learning, introducing concepts and demonstrating skills. These are led by pioneering digital information literacy expert Mike Caulfield (Washington State University, Digital Polarization Initiative), and disinformation expert Jane Lytvynenko, a senior reporter with BuzzFeed News who tracks false and misleading information and debunks it in real time.
Caulfield, M., Lyvteyenko, J, Ctrl-F: Find the Facts. CIVIX. (2020). Mini-course sequence of videos, activities, and teaching materials produced with Canadian non-profit CIVIX, as part of program currently rolling out to hundreds of Canadian primary and secondary schools. Funded by Department of Canadian Heritage, and currently being assessed for student impact. Post-production by Ramshackle Pictures. Released May 2020.
Created by:University of MichiganDelivered by:Coursera. Taught by:Brian WeeksJosh Pasek and Will Potter.
How can you distinguish credible information from “fake news”? Reliable information is at the heart of what makes an effective democracy, yet many people find it harder to differentiate good journalism from propaganda. Increasingly, inaccurate information is shared on Facebook and echoed by a growing number of explicitly partisan news outlets.
Created by the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute and the American Press Institute, and funded by the Google News Initiative. Designed for college students as a self-directed course or as a resource for classroom instructors, the approximately 90-minute course includes lessons on identifying reliable sources in fact-checking, debunking viral misinformation, and deciding whether a statement is really checkable.
In 10 episodes, John Green will teach you how to navigate the internet! We’ve partnered with MediaWise, The Poynter Institute, and The Stanford History Education Group to develop this curriculum of hands-on skills to help you evaluate the information you read online. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
* Examine information using the same skills and questions as fact-checkers
* Read laterally to learn more about the authority and perspective of sources
* Evaluate different types of evidence, from videos to infographics
Caulfield, M. Infodemic. Sifting through the Pandemic. Short public mini-course in applying the SIFT method to COVID-19 misinformation. Initially created in February 2020 as part of subgrant with the National Writing Project to bring a current issue into high school classrooms for student fact-checking, the site has received favorable mentions from Politifact and the New York Times. Released February 2020.
The purpose of “Two Truths and a Lie Online” is to teach you how to critically evaluate online resources so that you can be both an informed consumer and producer of digital content. You are welcome to use and modify the content here for non-commercial use, provided you credit the lesson author, and link to the course or specific lessons you are using on our StoryToGo Classroom site.
This interactive page uses David McCandless' design model from his data visualization website, Information is Beautiful. It presents the "World's most contagious falsehoods" and can be arranged by category. Visual bubbles link to the science debunking the myth.
From the Films on Demand database; STLCC login required. Description:While their motives aren’t always evil, people who bend the truth don’t usually do so for the greater good, either. The online world is no exception—in fact, it’s a paradise for purveyors of hype, pseudo-journalism, and intellectual snake oil. This video explores ways to identify bias and propaganda on the Internet and sift through the various influences, such as political or corporate interests, that may be behind web content.
OSoMe (awe•some) is a joint project of the Network Science Institute (IUNI), the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS) at SICE, and the Media School at Indiana University. OSoMe unites data scientists and journalists in studying the role of media and technology in society, and curbing the spread of misinformation online and the manipulation of social media. Tools, findings, publications, and resources are provided.
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Fake News Machine Gears Up for 2020
There's a whole industry dedicated to producing fake US news in Macedonia -- and it's gearing up for 2020.
Source: CNN Money
Spotting Bogus Claims
FactCheck.org - Take a look at your inbox. All those chain emails riddled with suspicious political claims. And what about social media? Odds are, those claims are bogus. Learn how to spot the "Key Characteristics of Bogusness.