Free, online course: How to spot misinformation online

| August 16, 2021

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Poynter is offering a free, self-guided online course that you can take at your own pace to learn how to spot misinformation online.

In the course, you will:

  • Complete activities, readings, and quizzes to practice your fact-checking skills on your own time.
  • Watch media literacy tutorials by veteran journalists like 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.

By the end of the 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.

This is a self-directed course and available on-demand. Interested people can enroll at any time and take the course at their own pace.

This course is now offered free in English only.

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