What is the "Misinfo 101" course?
This preset course teaches students how to identify and debunk misinformation in just a few weeks with two lessons — "Misinformation" and "Conspiratorial Thinking" — and four supplemental activities on digital verification, evaluating evidence and advanced search skills.
(Watch the video or read the article below to learn how to assign and edit this course.)
This preset course teaches students how to identify and debunk misinformation in just a few weeks and includes:
- Conspiratorial Thinking
- MisinfoQuest: Weather
- MisinfoChallenge: Fact-checking 101
Check Center missions
- Evaluating evidence online
- Can you search like a pro?
Course highlights and learning objectives
Learning objectives for each of the two lessons in this learning experience include:
- Misinformation: I can identify and differentiate between different types of misinformation; explain why understanding and debunking misinformation matters; evaluate and explain the possible consequences of misinformation; and understand the role of Russian disinformation during and after the 2016 presidential election.
- Conspiratorial Thinking: I can explain what “conspiracy theories” are and why people find them appealing and compelling; describe what conspiratorial thinking is and the role it plays in making conspiracy theories engaging and compelling to people; recognize the key cognitive biases involved in conspiratorial thinking and identify the human needs that conspiracy theories address; and demonstrate the social and political impact of conspiratorial thinking and conspiracy theories.
Assigning the "Misinfo 101" course
Before assigning the "Misinfo 101" course, visit checkology.org to register a free educator account and use our getting started guide to help you create your first class and add students. After you've created your class, follow these two steps to assign the "Misinfo 101" course to your students:
Click the "+ Assign course" button.
You can find the "+ Assign course" button in two places:
Select "Change course" and scroll to "Presets by subject or skillset" section.
Click "Assign" next to the "Misinfo 101" course option.
Editing the "Misinfo 101" course
Once you've assigned the course to your class, you can return to the course management area anytime to edit it. Just click on "View/edit course" to enter the course management area.
For detailed instructions on how to edit a course, please visit out "Editing a course" Help Center article:
Related article: Editing a course
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