MediaWise for Seniors: Self-Directed Fact-Checking Course (Winter 2020/21)

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MediaWise for Seniors: Self-Directed Fact-Checking Course (Winter 2020/21)

In this online course you can take at your own pace, Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden will help you improve your media literacy. You’ll also learn how to fact-check what you see on the internet.

Overview

  • Enroll in this in-depth, online course to learn how to spot misinformation on the internet
  • Complete activities, readings and quizzes to your practice fact-checking skills on your own time
  • Watch media literacy tutorials by Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden
  • Feel more confident finding facts on Facebook and other social media platforms
  • Help your loved ones stop the spread of misinformation online
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this in-depth course, you will be able to:

  • Spot the seven types of misinformation and explain why someone shared them
  • Verify the images and videos you encounter on the internet
  • Identify and consume online news responsibly
  • Fact-check social media posts using the tools and techniques professional fact-checkers use
  • Report false information on each social media platform
  • Operate as a good digital citizen and explain to others the pitfalls of sharing misinformation
  • Teach loved ones how to fact-check on their own
Sale!

$49.99 $29.95

Overview

  • Enroll in this in-depth, online course to learn how to spot misinformation on the internet
  • Complete activities, readings and quizzes to your practice fact-checking skills on your own time
  • Watch media literacy tutorials by Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden
  • Feel more confident finding facts on Facebook and other social media platforms
  • Help your loved ones stop the spread of misinformation online

Training five or more people?
Check out our custom training.

As engaged citizens and consumers, older Americans are often the target of online misinformation. This thorough, hands-on course from MediaWise for Seniors will teach you how to tell what’s true and false online. That includes an in-depth look at how social media platforms work, techniques like reverse image searches for identifying false information and lessons on how to be a responsible news consumer and a frank chat about how to talk to family members who share misinformation.

Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden — our esteemed MediaWise for Seniors Ambassadors — will also pop in to share their advice as world renowned journalists and help you protect yourself against misinformation.

We will not be telling you how to feel about topics or issues. Instead, we will teach you how to identify misinformation and disinformation online. Our goal is to help you make decisions that impact your life and your health, based on reliable, trustworthy information.

With ongoing misinformation about COVID-19, falling for false information on the internet is truly a matter of life and death. Protect yourself by improving your media literacy with this self-paced course.

FAQ

What is a self-directed course?
In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material. The training consists of videos, readings, activities and quizzes. It should take between six and eight hours to complete all of the learning material.

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 17 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.

I’ve seen a few other trainings from MediaWise for Seniors. How is this one different?
This program is available to the general public and is funded by Facebook. Unlike the Live Fact-Checking Seminar (Winter 2020), which features live instruction over four weeks and has an enrollment cap, this self-directed course is available on-demand. Thousands of people are able to enroll at any time and take this more in-depth course at their own pace.

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@newsu.org.

All four lessons in the course are available to start as soon as you enroll:

  1. Fact-Checking 101
  2. Social Media 101
  3. A Nutritious News Diet
  4. The Final Frontier

The full course should take between six and eight 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

This self-directed MediaWise for Seniors course is available for $29.95, thanks to support from Facebook.

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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Contributor

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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