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More than ever before, teachers across all subject areas need support in tackling misinformation, disinformation and propaganda with their students. This new collection of  free online courses from KQED Teach provides educators with a foundation in understanding many types of misinformation and developing resources to use with their students--or with teachers they coach or lead. These courses can be taken in any order. And, they only take about 6 hours to complete!


Making Media in the Age of Misinformation

Why do our brains love clickbait? Why do people fall for hoaxes or deny the science behind climate change?

Misinformation is everywhere, from misused research to faked videos, and it’s easy to fall prey to. This course will help you untangle the different terms for unreliable information and understand how and why it spreads. You’ll be empowered to take these new skills into the classroom and teach your students how to avoid creating and spreading misinformation in all its forms, from “fake news” to disinformation and propaganda.


Finding & Evaluating Information

Why is it so hard to see the difference between reliable information and biased misinformation? Between scientific facts and disinformation, like so called “alternative facts”?

In this course, you’ll learn how confirmation bias colors our ability to analyze information and what to do about it. You’ll get insight into the techniques used by professional fact-checkers, practice evaluating online information and images, and create instructional resources for your classroom that teach much needed critical thinking and fact-checking skills to your students.


How Misinformation, Disinformation and Propaganda Are Made

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

Disinformation and propaganda can have serious consequences when they affect our ability to make important decisions, like how to stay healthy or who to vote for. This course will take you through the history and evolution of disinformation and propaganda and teach you how to analyze media production methods to detect doctored “evidence.” You’ll create an activity plan to teach students how to evaluate media and think critically about the intention behind media messages.


Bias in Big Data and Algorithms

How did a data void cause the flat earth conspiracy to become popular on YouTube? Why does it matter if my online experience is different from someone else’s?

Algorithms are constantly tailoring what we see online based on personal data we share--either on purpose or not. This course will help you understand big data and its impact on society as well as how it shapes our lives online and off. You’ll practice creating data sets and analyzing them for reliability--and be ready to bring these new skills into the classroom.


For more information, email teach@kqed.org.