Presentation Title

Fact or fake? Teaching source evaluation across the lifespan through the lens of fake news

Presenter Information

Jenny Dale, UNC GreensboroFollow

Location

Room 1220 A/B

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Teaching librarians have been tackling the issue of source evaluation with students in the K-12 and higher education environments as long as there have been sources to evaluate. In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, critical evaluation of sources emerged as a topic of national conversation under the name of fake news. This reframing of source evaluation has generated significant interest on my university’s campus, and has led to increased opportunities to teach evaluative skills to students and other stakeholders. In this presentation, I will provide a brief overview of interactive activities I have used to teach source evaluation through the lens of fake news to three primary audiences: undergraduate students at my university, alumni attending a reunion event, and parents visiting campus as part of a community event. I’ll also share the strategies I’ve used to adapt fake news evaluation activities based on audience, time frame, and technology.

Presentation Description

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, critical source evaluation emerged as a topic of national conversation under the name of fake news. This reframing of source evaluation has generated significant interest at my university. In this presentation, I’ll share how I’ve adapted a fake news evaluation activity for use with three audiences: undergraduates, alumni attending a reunion event, and parents visiting campus. I’ll share the strategies I used to adapt these activities based on audience, time, and technology.

Keywords

Source Evaluation, Fake News, Active Learning, Class Activities, Outreach

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Sep 16th, 10:45 AM Sep 16th, 12:00 PM

Fact or fake? Teaching source evaluation across the lifespan through the lens of fake news

Room 1220 A/B

Teaching librarians have been tackling the issue of source evaluation with students in the K-12 and higher education environments as long as there have been sources to evaluate. In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, critical evaluation of sources emerged as a topic of national conversation under the name of fake news. This reframing of source evaluation has generated significant interest on my university’s campus, and has led to increased opportunities to teach evaluative skills to students and other stakeholders. In this presentation, I will provide a brief overview of interactive activities I have used to teach source evaluation through the lens of fake news to three primary audiences: undergraduate students at my university, alumni attending a reunion event, and parents visiting campus as part of a community event. I’ll also share the strategies I’ve used to adapt fake news evaluation activities based on audience, time frame, and technology.