MediaWise for Seniors: Self-Directed Fact-Checking Course
The Poynter Institute
Saint Petersburg, USA
Full time, Part time
Earliest start date
In this online course, you can take it 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.
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.
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 is 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.
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.