This library guide from the University of Washington provides several tools for identifying fake news and evaluating information.
Type of Material:
In class or as a "flipped" activity, ask students to view the "evaluating sources" video. Independently as homework, ask students to study and apply the CRAAP and SMART tests to critiquely evaluate sample websites.
The website works across borders. It contains embedded videos.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Evaluating Fake News Information Savvy Info Consumers is a collection that defines fake news. In addition to defining fake news it also provides tips for how to recognize and evaluate whether or not retrieved information is fake news. It provides students with tools to identify unscrupulous domain sites that typify fake news (urls ending with .co or .su). It also includes additional descriptions of common characteristics that typify fake news site such as: the predominance of misleading information; satire, and highly partisan or biased viewpoints and clickbait links. All students can become more aware of how fake news sites operate , learn how to discern fake news from legitimate sources, and apply the described evaluation tips to example scenarios.
Target Student Population:
Communications studies majors
Library and information professional majors
Educational technology majors
Other post-secondary students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic knowledge of how to read URLs when searching for news and information via search engines to identify fake news urls ending with .co or .su.
This university library guide provides useful, current information about the quality of Internet and print publications.Besides the overall introduction, specific issues are succinctly explained, and examples are given to concretize the concepts. Additional resources are listed for more in-depth discussion. The guide can be used across several disciplines and settings. Links work and content is appropriately attributed.
The site would benefit from better organizational structure and clearer identification of externally cited resources under the heading More About Fake News. It is also somewhat text heavy and could benefit from a different layout that would organize the collection's learning goals more directly. Images do not include alt-text.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning objectives align well with ICT literacy standards. The component parts of the library guide provide specific techniques, and work together well. The guide's structure provides an efficient way to learn, and allows for deeper learning based on the user's needs and interests. Because the site provides several tools, it is easy for instructors to design learning activities using them. The techniques and tools are very applicable to daily encounters with media.
The organizational layout of the material needs to be strengthened to help users know to continue reading all the areas of the page.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website is well designed and laid out; users can easily navigate it independently. Technology expertise is minimally needed. The information is presented in an engaging way. While the site is not explicitly interactive, the tools certainly require that the user apply them. The material is engaging, usable without guidance and is generally ADA compliant.
The materials is not interactive and needs better design to insure that users explore all of the areas covered on the resource.
Other Issues and Comments:
It looks like this site now has accompanying interactive materials available under the larger heading/Learning Goal of Evaluating Information from the same institution. The site would benefit if this page linked to those resources (http://guides.lib.uw.edu/c.php?g=611734&p=4247863) for further review and reinforcement if students and faculty would be interested.
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