Adelphi digital learning and instruction librarian, Sally Stieglitz, delivered an educational workshop aimed at developing fact-check skills.
Since the 2017 presidential election, the emergence of fake news and “alternative facts” has been a trending topic in the media. In February 2017, Adelphi University was the first college on Long Island to create a Fake News Library Guide and, currently, the guide is one of the most popular fake news library guides on Springshare, the premier content and curation platform used by libraries worldwide.
FiOS1 News covered the workshop, which was a part of a two-week summer Law and Society Pre-College Program, where producer of the guide and Adelphi digital learning and instruction librarian, Sally Stieglitz, delivered the educational workshop aimed at helping students develop fact-check skills and recognize fake vs. real news. While Stieglitz has taught extensively on the critical evaluation of resources, this was her first workshop on the specific topic of fake news. “Most students are getting their news from social media and that’s a large part of fake news,” said Stieglitz.
Associate Professor of Sociology Deborah Little, who teaches the pre-college course, joined in on the workshop as well. “I want them to have some tools for recognizing fake vs real news,” said Little about her students.
Eight students gathered in the George T. Hay computer lab in high spirits while Stieglitz led them in exercises on how to determine what makes a news source reliable and what doesn’t, as well as how to tell the difference between bias and authority. “I get my news from The Onion,” one student joked as he took a seat.
Stieglitz made use of Adelphi’s own library guide as well as Factitious, a game reminiscent of the dating app Tinder, where students swiped left when they thought an article was fake and swiped right for an article they believed to be authentic. During the two exercises preceding the game, Stieglitz was pleased with how well the students performed, citing reasons behind their choices like inflammatory language in headlines and inadequate citation of sources.
“I think the takeaway for the students is the understanding that the critical evaluation of sources will be key in their academic careers, professional lives, and personal lives because accurate information is a valuable commodity upon which we all depend,” said Stieglitz.
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