Teaching students to be more critical of fake news

by claire galvin • March 24, 2017 • 6:00 a.m.

A small group of instructors gathered yesterday to discuss ways of critiquing and understanding “fake news” and less than credible news sources.

The discussion titled “Invasion of Fake News: Information Literacy in the Age of Alternative Facts and Fake News,” held by associate director of first year writing, Lisa Blansett and librarian Donovan Reinwald, catered to first year English instructors.

The event was part-workshop and part-lecture. Attendants began by viewing a video of a man in traditional Middle Eastern clothing riding a hoverboard. The man then trips, falls and bursts into flames. Blansett asked participants to assemble into groups to craft a scenario out of the video that could be true.

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