Date posted: November 21, 2017

Can you tell fake news from real news?

Try Factitious to test your ability. This online game was developed by the American University JoLT team to playfully show how to detect fake news. The stories are all from the internet, but they have been condensed and edited for the game. It’s a fun way to build information literacy skills.

Last year, in Real or Fake Online Information?, we shared some research on how well students evaluated the information they gathered online. As it turned out, not as well as was expected.

Now, the same researchers have released a report on how well ‘expert’ readers – fact checkers, historians and Stanford undergraduates – evaluate online information. Once again, fact checkers are the fastest and most accurate. And, they used a strategy that historians and college students did not.  They read ‘laterally’, not ‘vertically’.

For more details, read Stanford scholars observe ‘experts’ to see how they evaluate the credibility of information online.

Click here for the full report, Lateral Reading: Reading Less and Learning More When Evaluating Digital Information.

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