Sorting Truth From Fiction: Civic Online Reasoning

Fake news and misinformation pose an urgent challenge to citizens across the globe. Multiple studies have shined a light on people’s difficulty in distinguishing truth from fiction, reliable information from sham.

Co-taught by MIT’s Justin Reich and Stanford’s Sam Wineburg, Sorting Truth From Fiction is a self-paced online course hosted by MIT Teaching Systems Lab and edXOnline. You’re invited to earn this valuable MITx credential for FREE, with support from XQ.

The course opens on May 11, 2021, and runs through August 26, 2021. It’s self-paced, and you can start anytime!

What the course covers:
✅ New knowledge that can be applied in your lessons and resources for your own students.
✅ How to shift from ineffective information literacy practices towards the kinds of strategies employed by professional fact-checkers.

You will learn quick and effective practices for evaluating online information that you can bring back to your classroom. The Stanford History Education Group has distilled these practices from observations with professional fact-checkers from the nation’s most prestigious media outlets from across the political spectrum. Using a combination of readings, classroom practice lessons, and assignments, you will learn how to teach the critical thinking skills needed for making wise judgments about web sources.

At the end of the course, you will be better able to help students find reliable sources at a time when we need it most.

XQ is excited to be able to provide a verified certificate free of charge. Just fill out the information below, and you’ll receive an email with your code. Then sign up for the course using your code here.


Resources to Get You Started

XQ has a range of articles, videos, and resources you might find useful.


READ What is Citizenship Education and Why Is It Important? — We must not lose the role of education to prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens alongside the focus on traditional academics and workforce development. 

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