Teaching Media Literacy, "Fake News," and Disinformation



WTF Visualizations

Examples of bad-faith data visualization.

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Media Literacy Standards to Counter Truth Decay

This report, part of the Countering Truth Decay initiative, describes how the authors drew from standards in ML, digital literacy, information literacy, news literacy, social and emotional learning, and other areas to synthesize myriad existing standards and identify a single, concise set of ML standards.

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Debunking Handbook 2020

12 page read. From the Center For Climate Change Communication, George Mason University.

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How students engage with news: Five takeaways for educators, journalists, and librarians

An in-depth report from Porject Information Literacy that explores how U.S. college-age students are accessing, consuming, and engaging with news in the digital era. An executive summary, public dataset User guide for public dataset

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Resources for Your Class

These open educational resources can be integrated into your courses.

Citizen Literacy

An online toolkit featuring short videos, handouts, and activities. From the University of Louisville libraries. 

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Calling Bull

An open-access course syllabus with resources and class recordinings.

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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

An open-access textbook by Mike Caufield.

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Media Literacy: Navigating the News Landscape

This Canvas module has been built by Randall Library. You will be able to preview the module before importing it into your Canvas course and will also be able to modify/customize it after importing. If the link does not work, search for "Media Literacy: Navigating the News Landscape - Randall Library."

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ACRL Sandbox - Fake News

A repository of suggested information literacy activities, hosted by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

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News Literacy Project

Resource for educational materials on the smart consumption of news and information.

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Evaluating Information

The information literacy instruction provided to UNCW students in their first year seminar emphasizes the careful evaluation of sources. The video below summarizes the principles taught to students. You can help by reinforcing and expanding on these principle in more advanced classes. 


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