Students are fighting a flood. Social media, news feeds, and more saturate them with misleading and fact-free information. In his open access ebook, “Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers” (webliteracy.pressbooks.com), Michael Caulfield lays out practical, hands on techniques for determining the validity of online information. The director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University, Vancouver, and the editor of the New Horizons column for the EDUCAUSE Review, Michael Caulfield provides four strategies students can use to fact check information they find online:
- Check for previous work
- Go upstream to the source
- Read laterally
- Circle back
In this session, participants will learn how to apply these techniques and how to teach them within a traditional one-shot session. Participants will leave with tools and strategies for helping their students critically evaluate the information they find online.
Ann Agee. "Fake News and the Caulfield Technique" California Academic and Research Libraries (CARL) Conference (2018).