How to Spot Misinformation Online for AARP Members

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How to Spot Misinformation Online for AARP Members

In this free, short online course from MediaWise for Seniors, you will learn simple digital literacy skills to figure out what information about COVID-19 and vaccinations to take seriously — and what information is fake, false or phony.

Overview

  • Enroll in this online course to learn how to spot health misinformation online, with an emphasis on COVID-19 vaccines
  • Watch media literacy tutorials by special guests including Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden
  • Complete activities, readings and quizzes to your practice your new skills, all on your own time
  • Feel more confident finding facts on Facebook and other social media platforms
  • Help slow the spread of misinformation online
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this short online course, you will be able to:

  • Define different types of misinformation, from memes to deepfakes
  • Identify and consume online health news responsibly, especially surrounding COVID-19 vaccines
  • Verify social media posts using the tools and techniques professional fact-checkers use
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Overview

  • Enroll in this online course to learn how to spot health misinformation online, with an emphasis on COVID-19 vaccines
  • Watch media literacy tutorials by special guests including Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden
  • Complete activities, readings and quizzes to your practice your new skills, all on your own time
  • Feel more confident finding facts on Facebook and other social media platforms
  • Help slow the spread of misinformation online

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As engaged citizens and consumers, older Americans are often the target of online misinformation. This short online course from MediaWise for Seniors will teach you how to tell what’s true and false online when it comes to information about COVID-19 and vaccines.

You will learn techniques for identifying false information, like reverse image searches, and how to seek out trustworthy sources. You’ll come away with tips for talking to friends and family members who share misinformation, as well.

Christiane Amanpour, Joan Lunden, Lester Holt, Hari Sreenivasan and Dave Jorgenson — MediaWise Ambassadors — will also pop in to share their advice as experienced journalists to help you navigate health information on platforms like Google, Facebook and more.

We will not be telling you how to feel about topics or issues. Instead, we will teach you how to identify misleading, false or dangerous information on the internet. Our goal is to help you make decisions that impact your health and wellbeing based on reliable, credible information.

Whether you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine or not, there are still a lot of decisions to be made about navigating life in the final stages of the coronavirus pandemic. Improve your digital literacy skills to identify credible health information in your social media feeds, avoid sharing harmful posts with your friends and feel more confident about making health decisions in the future.

All four lessons in the course will be available starting April 2, International Fact-Checking Day:

  1. Introduction to Fact-Checking
  2. Types of Misinformation
  3. Tools to Tackle Misinformation
  4. Assessment and Conclusion

The full course should take between two to three hours to complete, but we encourage you to take it at your own pace and on your own time. Your progress will be saved, so you can pick up where you left off.

Who should enroll

The self-guided course is meant for people 50 years and older who regularly consume news online, often via social platforms like Facebook. The course does not require special internet skills or abilities and is meant for anyone hoping to better detect for themselves what’s true and what’s false online.

Cost

The value of this interactive, one-hour course is $49. Poynter is pleased to offer it at the discounted rate of $0. This course was made available free thanks to support from Facebook and also from AARP.

FAQs

What is MediaWise for Seniors?

MediaWise is a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital media literacy initiative led by The Poynter Institute. Its mission is to teach Americans of all ages how to sort fact from fiction online. MediaWise content has been viewed 44 million times by more than 9 million people since the project launched in 2018.

MediaWise for Seniors was announced in 2020 to bring MediaWise tips to the 50+ population. MediaWise for Seniors has a program funded by AARP to provide resources to their membership and a program funded by Facebook bringing virtual training and a social media awareness campaign to the senior population. The foundation of MediaWise was created with support from Google.org as part of Google News Initiative. Learn more at poynter.org/mediawise.

Do funders have control over the course?

No. We prize our reputation for teaching excellence, developed over more than four decades. To preserve that reputation, we retain independence and control over our teaching whether it is funded by tuition or a donor, such as a foundation or corporation. Read more about our ethics policy here.

Who can I contact for more information?

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@poynter.org.

Instructors

Faculty

  • Alex Mahadevan
    Senior Multimedia Reporter, MediaWise
    Alex Mahadevan is senior multimedia reporter with the MediaWise project. He most recently worked as a data journalist at the personal finance startup The Penny...
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Special Guests

  • Christiane Amanpour
    Chief International Anchor, CNN
    Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international anchor of the network’s award-winning, flagship global affairs program “Amanpour,” which also airs on PBS in the United States....
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  • Joan Lunden
    Journalist, Best-selling Author and TV Host
    An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more...
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  • Lester Holt
    Anchor, "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt"; Anchor, "Dateline NBC"
    Lester Holt is an award-winning journalist and anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," the network's flagship broadcast currently celebrating its 70th anniversary. Holt...
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  • Hari Sreenivasan
    Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company contributor
    Hari Sreenivasan is the anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend, an Amanpour and Company contributor, a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour and host of the national public television series SciTech Now. Previously, the...
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  • Dave Jorgenson
    TikTok Creator, The Washington Post
    David Jorgenson is a video producer, editor and writer for "The Department of Satire" and various scripted series for The Washington Post. He also interviews...
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