LEARN Center

Fact Vs. Fiction

Fact Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News
By: Jennifer LaGarde, Darren Hudgins

The 24-hour news cycle, citizen journalism, and an increased reliance on social media as a news source have had a profound effect on how we access information, how we evaluate the sources of that information, and how/when we choose to pass that information along to others as “reliable fact/truth.”  These changes, combined with the advent of an extensive and highly profitable "fake news" industry that intentionally spreads false stories designed to go viral, leaves educators facing a new and challenging landscape when it comes to helping students discern fact from fiction, information from opinion, and truth from fabrication. The book, “Fact vs. Fiction” provides educators with tools and resources to help students become critical consumers of the information they access at school, at home, and in the workplace.

Starting October 6th | Wednesdays | Noon to 1:00 pm | MG19A

October 6, 13, 20, 27

Discussions will be facilitated by Susan Wildermuth, Professor, Communication and David Beyea, Assistant Professor, Communication 

Meetings will be offered in-person with an option to join via Webex. Books are provided by the LEARN Center.

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Registrations accepted online until  8/23/21.