A Free Online Course Helps Us Identify Hoaxes, Rumors & Misinformation in the News

In ear­ly Feb­ru­ary, we high­light­ed for you A Field Guide to Fake News and Oth­er Infor­ma­tion Dis­or­ders, a free man­u­al pub­lished by First Draft, a non-prof­it based at Har­vard’s Shoren­stein Cen­ter that sup­ports truth and trust in news.

This month, First Draft has fol­lowed up with Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Train­ing, a free online course designed to help “teach­ers, jour­nal­ists and the gen­er­al pub­lic [learn] how to ver­i­fy online media, so that they don’t fall for hoax­es, rumors and mis­in­for­ma­tion.” The handy and time­ly course was devel­oped by Claire War­dle, First Draft’s exec­u­tive direc­tor. You can sign up here.

Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Train­ing will be added to our meta col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

A Field Guide to Fake News and Oth­er Infor­ma­tion Dis­or­ders: A Free Man­u­al to Down­load, Share & Re-Use

Han­nah Arendt Explains How Pro­pa­gan­da Uses Lies to Erode All Truth & Moral­i­ty: Insights from The Ori­gins of Total­i­tar­i­an­ism

Down­load Theft! A His­to­ry of Music, a New Free Graph­ic Nov­el Explor­ing 2,000 Years of Musi­cal Bor­row­ing

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