How can you distinguish between credible information and “fake news?” Reliable information is at the heart of what makes an effective democracy, yet many people find it harder to differentiate trustworthy journalism from propaganda. Increasingly, inaccurate information is shared on social networks and amplified by a growing number of explicitly partisan news outlets. This Teach-Out will examine the processes that generate both accurate and inaccurate news stories and the factors that lead people to believe those stories. Participants will gain skills help them to distinguish fact from fiction.
What you’ll learn in this online course from University of Michigan:
- Distinguish between “news” and other forms of information
- Evaluate the credibility of information claims
- Identify psychological biases and logical fallacies that influence how we interpret information
- Critically examine a news story and identify how it was produced