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Fake News

How to sort fact from fiction: Evaluating sources for trustworthiness

Students, Fake News and Information Literacy

The latest (2015) Association of American Colleges and Universities survey of employers and recent college graduates indicates the "ability to locate, evaluate, and organize information" as one of the most important skills necessary for recent college graduates.  68% of employers rated it as very important, and 72% of recent graduates rated it the same way.  Yet, the same survey says that only 29% of employers think colleges are preparing students well in this skill, while 64% of recent graduates believe they are indeed well prepared. We often hear the same thing from students while they are in college, that they are already well-versed in the ability to locate and evaluate information.  However, we often see that the choices that students make regarding their sources for research projects and papers do not reflect that they are indeed as skilled as they think.

Innovative Educators, Information Literacy: How To Teach Students To Give A CRAAP & Evaluate Their Sources, Webinar.  September 2017.

Chart - Level of Confusion Caused by Fake News - Breakdown by Age Groups

Statistic: Level of confusion caused by fake news in the United States as of December 2016, by age | Statista

Chart uses survey data from a December 2016 PEW Research Center report

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