University of Michigan Is Offering Free Online Class About ‘Fake News, Facts, and Alternative Facts’
Today I learned about a website called edX.org thanks to Michigan Radio’s Facebook page. The post showcased a class that the University of Michigan is offering online this Friday, April 21st. The class is a primer on how to distinguish fake news from real news. The class is called “Fake News, Facts, and Alternative Facts” and will be taught by 3 professors from U of M. The class is completely free to take and will last about 3-4 hours.
According to edX.org, you’ll learn how to:
- Distinguish between “news” and other forms of information
- Evaluate the credibility of information claims
- Identify psychological biases and logical fallacies that influence how we interpret information
- Critically examine a news story and identify how it was produced
You can even order a Verification Certificate from the website after completing a course to show the knowledge you gained.