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FACULTY: NEW! COVID-19 MISINFORMATION TUTORIAL

This page has information, links, and transcripts, to the COVID-19 misinformation tutorial librarians developed in summer 2020.

Misinformation abounds online. Our new tutorial teaches students to use the SIFT Method to analyze and stop the spread of misinformation.

The COVID-19 pandemic makes it clearer than ever that posting and sharing information online without vetting the source can have potentially fatal consequences. 

The librarians at LSC-CyFair created this tutorial, based on Michael Caulfield's "Four Moves and a Habit" SIFT technique, to teach students what to do if they come across misinformation online or in their news feed.

The primary learning outcome of the project is: students will be able to identify characteristics of credible news information sources using Caulfield’s Four Moves/SIFT Method.

Read below for information about Caulfield, news literacy, how to use this tutorial, and the six parts of the tutorial itself. 

ABOUT THIS TUTORIAL

Embed a librarian in your D2L classes to make this tutorial available to your students.  

The tutorial consists of six videos, four with built-in questions using TechSmith Knowmia, so it can easily be integrated in D2L and your class gradebook.

Librarians have each video in their own TechSmith libraries, so adding a librarian to your D2L page is the easiest way to add the tutorial, too - librarians will set it up for you! 

Your librarian will work with you to embed the tutorial wherever it fits best in your online course design. They'll also set up a discussion board to answer questions students might have about the tutorial or collect students' final assessment activity, if you decide to include one with the tutorial.

To get started, fill out the Online Course Support Request Form

Select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Instruction librarian Jane Stimpson will contact you to discuss next steps.

This tutorial is based on Michael Caulfield's SIFT Method.

Michael Caulfield is the director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University. He also runs the Digital Polarization Initiative, part of the American Democracy Project.  

In order to more effectively teach college students web literacy skills, Caulfield developed Four Moves and a Habit: a quick way to think critically about a piece of news and determine whether or not it's trustworthy or not. The SIFT Method comes from the Four Moves and offers a better way to teach information evaluation than prescriptive "checklist" approaches like the "CRAAP Test."

Caulfield’s research has shown that the SIFT Method is an effective way to improve students’ ability to judge credibility of online sources: one study doubled the test group’s accuracy. Other research from CUNY Staten Island shows that 72% of students improve their accuracy when they’re taught to evaluate sources with this method. 

So that’s why CyFair librarians have chosen the SIFT for this tutorial: we think it’s the most efficient way to teach students how to accurately judge the credibility of news sources they might come across on Twitter or other social media, especially news sources about the COVID-19 virus. 

To learn more about Caulfield, the SIFT Method, and what we know about students' news literacy, take a look at some of the sources on the next tab.

TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ACTIVITIES

Part 1: Overview

If you are LSC-CyFair faculty and want to embed the Techsmith Knowmia-enabled version with of this tutorial in D2L, please fill out the Online Course Support Request form and select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Part 2: Introducing the SIFT Method

If you are LSC-CyFair faculty and want to embed the Techsmith Knowmia-enabled version with of this tutorial in D2L, please fill out the Online Course Support Request form and select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Part 3: STOP

If you are LSC-CyFair faculty and want to embed the Techsmith Knowmia-enabled version with of this tutorial in D2L, please fill out the Online Course Support Request form and select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Part 4: INVESTIGATE

If you are LSC-CyFair faculty and want to embed the Techsmith Knowmia-enabled version with of this tutorial in D2L, please fill out the Online Course Support Request form and select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Part 5: FIND

If you are LSC-CyFair faculty and want to embed the Techsmith Knowmia-enabled version with of this tutorial in D2L, please fill out the Online Course Support Request form and select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Part 6: TRACE

If you are LSC-CyFair faculty and want to embed the Techsmith Knowmia-enabled version with of this tutorial in D2L, please fill out the Online Course Support Request form and select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Want your students to take it further? Consider one of these optional final activities to use with the tutorial.

If you are LSC-CyFair faculty and want to embed the Techsmith Knowmia-enabled version with of this tutorial in D2L, please fill out the Online Course Support Request form and select the option for "Adding the library's new COVID-19 Misinformation Tutorial with TechSmith-enabled assessment questions to your D2L class."  

Librarians can create a discussion board or assignment to incorporate any of these optional final activities. 

 

Open-ended reflection prompt: 

After taking the SIFT misinformation tutorial, write a paragraph reflecting on your experience by answering these questions:

  • Was there something the tutorial covered that you already knew? If so, what?
  • What was something new you learned from the tutorial?

Open-ended reflection prompt:

After taking the SIFT misinformation tutorial, write a paragraph reflecting on your experience by answering these questions:

  • Where do you get your news? 
  • Do you think you will make any changes to the way you view or share news online after watching the tutorial? Why or why not?

Hands-on demonstration of the SIFT Method:

Open Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or some other social media you use. Find a news story someone has shared or posted that provokes a strong emotion and apply each step in the SIFT Method to that story.

Write about the actions you would take to STOP, INVESTIGATE, FIND, and TRACE that story to determine whether or not it is misinformation or trustworthy. Include the link to the original story and any links you may have used to along the way to draw your conclusion.

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