How Misinformation, Disinformation & Propaganda Are Made

Why do people create hoaxes? How can deepfake videos and images look so real?

Explore the history and evolution of disinformation and propaganda, and how to detect them by analyzing media production methods. Gain insights into “deepfakes,” a new method to create faked videos. 

course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Learn what deepfakes are and how they are created   Understand how deepfakes fit into the larger history of hoaxes and fakes
Learn about how deepfakes are created and shared.   Learn about the history of deepfakes and internet hoaxes.
Examine production choices to better understand and evaluate media like deepfakes   Create an activity plan to help your students evaluate media
Deconstruct production choices as a means of better understanding and evaluating media such as deepfakes.   Help your students understand how to examine media production choices to better prepare them for the future of misinformation.
  • A Brief History of Hoaxes and Fakes
  • The Good, The Bad, and the Deep (Fake)
  • Discussion: Deepfake Debrief
  • Production Choices
  • Discussion: Teaching Connections with Production Choices
  • Making Audio
  • Practice: Examining Audio Production Choices
  • Making Images
  • Practice: Examining Image Production Choices
  • Making Video
  • Practice: Examining Video Production Choices
  • Make & Share: Create an Activity Plan
Micro-credential Connection

This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Critically Analyzing Media micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.  

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills, and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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