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How do we teach students to identify fake news?

Fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish

TLs have a particular interest in teaching both students and staff the tools to be more critical consumers of news and media in general. This article (plus the downloadable "factsheet" from EdCan will help!

In a "post-truth" era where people are increasingly influenced by their emotions and beliefs over factual information, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news can spread rapidly through mainstream media sources and social networks. Moreover, fake news is often meant to do harm, by tricking us into believing a lie or unfairly discrediting a person or political movement.