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Welcome to the Disinformation, Misinformation, and Fake News Teach-Out

Welcome to the Disinformation, Misinformation, and Fake News Teach-Out, we're glad you're here.
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<v ->Hello</v> and welcome to this Teach-Out on Disinformation, Misinformation and Fake News. My name is Julia, and I’ll be one of your mentors for this learning experience. I’m a recent grad of The University of Michigan School of Information’s Master’s program. And I’m continuing my graduate studies at The School of Education. As a mentor, my role is to guide our discussions and provide additional resources to help make your learning experience the best that it can be. At a time when unvetted information can be shared via social media and other platforms, the threat of consuming misinformation looms large. Our global society faces many crises right now.
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And in consuming misinformation, disinformation and fake news, it drives confusion at every opportunity and poses as a major threat to human rights, social justice, climate change, public health and democracy at its core. In this Teach-Out, you will learn from a range of experts on these topics. You will learn how to navigate this digital information landscape, identify misleading and false information in your own news feeds. And learn how to take action on these topics in your own life. Teach-Outs are distinct among online learning experiences because they emphasize co-created knowledge. Throughout this Teach-Out, you’ll have the opportunity to share your reflections, insights and experiences with both our experts and fellow learners.
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As a learner, you have the unique opportunity to build on the expert perspectives and create and drive the conversation, using your own perspective through the discussion forums. Later this month, we’ll also be recording more segments that we’re calling, Connecting Conversations. These are designed to more explicitly draw connections between the concepts that the experts present. As you will see later on, we’ll invite you to help us make these conversations connected by responding to a series of discussion posts. Thank you again so much for being here in the Disinformation, Misinformation and Fake News Teach-Out. We’re glad you’re here and I hope to see you in the discussion forums.
Welcome, we’re excited you’re here!
At a time when information can be instantly and globally communicated, the threat of consuming misleading or false information looms large. Unverified digital information can sway public beliefs about politics, health, science, and current events, and can influence how people perceive differing opinions, experiences, and cultures. Global citizens have to navigate an increasing reliance on social media for critical facts, huge amounts of “fake news” online, and the consequences of disinformation and misinformation in daily life. In this Teach-Out, you will learn how to navigate this digital information landscape, identify fake news, and gain critical skills in media and information literacy.
In this Teach-Out, you will:
  • Understand the history of terms and concepts like “disinformation,” “misinformation” and “fake news.”
  • Identify different types of disinformation and how it’s transmitted and received.
  • Evaluate your own habits of media consumption and reactions when presented with novel information.
  • Develop strategies to combat disinformation in your own life.
Your mentor for this Teach-Out is Julia Maxwell. Julia holds a graduate degree from the School of Information at the University of Michigan and is a current graduate student in the School of Information. She will help to guide discussions and provide additional information to help make your learning experience the best that it can be. We’re excited to hear about your own thoughts and experiences related to this important topic.
Teach-Outs are distinct among online learning experiences because they emphasize co-created knowledge. Throughout this Teach-Out you will have the opportunity to share your reflections, insights, and experiences with the experts and with fellow learners. As a learner, you have the unique opportunity to build on the expert perspectives and to create and drive the conversation through the discussion forums.
Later this month, we will be recording several updated segments we call “Connecting Conversations,” which are designed to more explicitly draw connections between the different experts in this Teach-Out. As you will see later on in this Teach-Out, we invite you to help us shape these “Connecting Conversations” by responding to a series of discussion prompts.
Thank you for joining this important conversation!
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