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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
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
A History of Misinformation and Disinformation
Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies and how they both impact our response to Fake News
New research shows...or does it? A look at Junk Science and Science reporting
What is Junk Science?
The Politics of Scientific Research
Journalism and Fact Checking
What can we all do about Fake News?
Keep up with Fake News
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