Fighting Misinformation within the Age of COVID-19

Information literacy has lengthy been onerous to show, particularly with the panorama of on-line platforms altering so quick as of late. And throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, it may possibly appear more durable than ever to kind out dependable data from falsehood, rumor and conspiracy.

So on this week’s EdSurge Podcast, we’re speaking to 2 specialists working to assist educators and others sharpen their information literacy and critical-thinking abilities.

  • Peter Adams, senior vice chairman for training on the News Literacy Project. The nonprofit group supplies skilled growth and on-line supplies to assist lecturers perceive and educate information literacy.
  • Jonathan Haber, an academic advisor, researcher and creator working on the intersection of Okay-12, larger training and academic expertise. His newest e book, “Critical Thinking Essentials,” was just lately printed by MIT Press.

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Adams notes that the pandemic has highlighted that misinformation can have penalties to well being, akin to when false cures and false preventions flow into on-line and lead individuals to get sick. He says everybody ought to be sure to spend a number of seconds checking any declare earlier than sharing it with associates or on social media. (Check out our previous podcast with Adams for a deeper dive into how lecturers can higher educate information literacy.)

Haber, in the meantime, created a free device known as Logic Check, which helps customers apply critical-thinking abilities to data they discover on-line. He feels that fact-checking web sites like RealityCheck.org have restricted worth in the case of halting the unfold of misinformation.

Imagine, he stated, somebody arguing that since we’ve been locked down for months and COVID-19 deaths are persevering with, that should imply that social distancing isn’t working. “If you look at the premises of that argument, they’re both true,” he says. “We have been locked down for several months and COVID deaths have been going up. And so if you just fact checked it, the facts would check out.”

The drawback is the logic of the argument—it’s an issue with the inference made utilizing the details. “One of the reasons fact-checking—powerful and important as it is—hasn’t really made a difference in rational understanding of the news, is that fact checking only tells part of the story,” he provides. “We don’t know methods to logic verify the information, or most individuals don’t. And that is actually what the mission of Logic Check.

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