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Fake News, Fact-checking and Junk Science: Lifelong learning class at WFU: Home

This course will look into the issues surrounding fake news, fact-checking and junk science. We will look at creators, distributors, and consumers of misinformation (and disinformation) and how the Internet exacerbates and ameliorates the problems.


Welcome to "Fake News, Fact-checking, and Junk Science" Please use the tabs across the top of this guide to access the content for each week's class. Each week contains a section called "Read, Watch, Listen, and Do" with optional resources for preparing for class, and a section with the Google Slides. 

Outline by Week

Week One

  • What is Fake News? Why is it important that we understand Fake News?
  • A Systems Approach to Fake News
  • A look at the Mueller report

Week Two

  • A History of Misinformation and Disinformation
  • Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies and how they both impact our response to Fake News

Week Three

  • New research shows...or does it? A look at Junk Science and Science reporting
  • What is Junk Science?
  • The Politics of Scientific Research

Week Four

  • Journalism and Fact Checking

Week Five

  • Filter Bubbles
  • Social Algorithms

Week Six

  • What can we all do about Fake News?

Keep up with Fake News

Below are some email newsletters you can subscribe to if you find you want to keep up with the issues we discuss in class. 

Lincoln Meme

Lincoln Internet Meme

Yoda Meme

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Rosalind Tedford

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Hubert Womack

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