Fake news: Identifying, debunking and discussing false narratives with your learners

Fake news

Australia/Melbourne 1pm | Thu 15 March 2018
USA/Los Angeles 7pm | Wed 14 March 2018
Europe/London 2am | Thu 15 March 2018

Alyce Hogg – Academic Coordinator – La Trobe Melbourne

Fake news. It was the 2017 word of the year, but how is it understood by the student of today?

Students today are often heavily engaged in the online community, moving in social spheres foreign to their teachers. With studies revealing that 48% of Australians now use social media as a news source, it is increasingly important for educators to understand how their students are engaging with online content and communities. As educators, we must equip ourselves with the tools and skillsets needed to debunk false, misleading and biased content and to show our students how to do the same.

In this presentation, Alyce Hogg will introduce you to the drivers of fake news, from online communities like ‘Reddit’ and ‘4chan’, to bots and content mills. Alyce will provide strategies for identifying and debunking fake news, and suggest approaches for discussing fake news with students.