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Thursday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Alt-facts, Fake News, and Misinformation: Fact-checking and Media Literacy Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond

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Promoting and teaching digital literacy skills is particularly important when it is increasingly difficult to evaluate the credibility of Internet content. From fake news to alternative facts to clickbait, we find ourselves bombarded with information created with the notion that we will share it freely and perhaps mindlessly. With this digital firehose trained upon us, what mechanisms and tools can we turn to when we want to determine information credibility? One model, which has been gathering success and attention, is Climate Feedback (Climatefeedback.org), a network of 180+ climate scientists that distributes and fact-checks articles on different aspects of climate change. The team looks for statistics and claims that are out of context, factually inaccurate, or unduly vague, and then annotates the articles with corrections and connections to related web resources. Likewise, a network of courses has been introduced under the Digital Polarization Project (Digipo) to enable instructors to provide students with a toolkit for sourcing, fact-checking, and evaluating digital content. Librarians, teachers, and publishers are natural allies to develop additional projects along the lines of Digipo and Climate Feedback.  Learn more about the tools that help these instructors and scientists work to bring better information to light and brainstorm how you might take lessons from these projects back to your organization or campus.


Mike Caulfield

Director of Blended and Networked Learning, Washington State University
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Darcy Gervasio

Coordinator of Reference, Purchase College Library
Talk to me about fake news & critical literacy, assessment, and virtual reference!
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Lisa Hinchliffe

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the University’s School of Information Sciences and Center for... Read More →
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Heather Staines

Senior Consultant, Delta Think
Heather Staines is Senior Consultant at Delta Think and Director of Community Engagement for the OA Data Analytics Tool. Her prior roles include Head of Partnerships for Knowledge Futures Group, Director of Business Development at Hypothesis, as well as positions at Proquest, SIPX... Read More →

Jon Udell

Director of Implementation, Hypothes.is

Thursday November 9, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom 2, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401