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From Fake News to Clickbait: Teaching Students to Evaluate Online Information

Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

A recent Stanford study concluded that most students lack the critical skills to evaluate different kinds of online information. Besides high quality journalism and online sources, today’s students are bombarded with biased news, opinion pieces, clickbait, sponsored news (now called “native advertising”), satire, propaganda, tweets, and false news stories designed to generate advertising revenue. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss recent research about students’ online reasoning skills, identify specific skill gaps among Duke students, and suggest lessons and activities that can be incorporated into the classroom.

This session will be led by:
Susan Thananopavarn, Ph.D., Associate Director of Outreach, Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program, Duke University
Hannah Rozear, Linda Daniel, and Jennifer Willis, Research & Instructional Services Librarians, Duke University


Perkins Library, Room 217
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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Appreciation Week