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About this module

This module consists of two objectives:

  • apply the detection methodologies, analysed on the previous modules, on real-life scenarios.
  • understand the psychology behind fake news and its social impact.

Therefore, this module is a blend of activities and presentations approaching the topic of fake news in a reverse methodology. Students will be able to understand the complexity of fake news through the lens of the creator. Activities that involve the creation of fake news, and the reverse application of the detection methodologies will amplify the student’s understanding behind the spread of fake news.

Students should be able to understand the psychological reasons behind the spread of fake news. This will equip them with the knowledge needed to approach discussions on fake news differently and more efficiently.

The module can be adapted easily by leaving out parts of chapters and/or activities. Also, there is the possibility to divide the module in sections, although not recommended as the inputs and activities build upon each other.

After finishing this module, students of teacher education will be able to:

  • justify their opinions about “fake news” articles
  • demonstrate familiarity with different scientific methods for the analysis of media articles
  • apply the mechanisms and detect the “fake news” articles
  • use this mechanism on articles that don’t include the 5g technology topic
  • find the right and reliable sources upon scientific issues
  • be critical of the information they receive from the media
  • employ tools for evaluating sources of scientific information
  • employ techniques for evaluating scientific information
  • evaluate the impact of “fake news” on our societies
  • integrate their knowledge and guide others in the analysis and evaluation of the credibility and reliability of data, information and digital content and their sources in connection to the topic of migration
  • appreciate freedom of speech, and democratic values (e.g., respect, fairness, equality, civic mindedness)
  • understand the socio-political implications (or importance) of correct information in the field of migration, as well as the interrelations between science and information

After finishing this module, students of teacher education will be able to

  • apply searches to obtain data, information and content in digital environments (DigiComp p. 23)
  • propose personal search strategies (DigiComp p. 23)
  • adapt my searching strategy to find the most appropriate data, information and content in digital environments (DigiComp p. 23)
  • critically assess the credibility and reliability of sources of data, information and digital content (DigiComp p. 24)
  • vary personal search strategies (DigiComp p.23)
  • propose new ideas and processes to the field (DigiComp p.23)
  • identify any discrepancies or inconsistencies or divergences in materials being analysed (CDC p. 21)
  • can integrate learning from various subjects/areas of learning (CDC p.33)
  • distinguish between statements of fact and statements of opinion (CDC p. 37)
  • use more than one source of information before making a decision (CDC p.37)
  • express respect for others based on the recognition of the dignity of all persons and of their human rights (CDC p. 30)
  • be comfortable when dealing with ambiguous situations (CDC p. 33)
  • reflect critically on the evolving nature of the human rights framework and the ongoing development of human rights in different regions of the world (CDC p. 48)
  • reflect critically on the nature and purposes of the law (CDC p. 48)
  • Ability and openness in critical thinking and discussion
  • Any experience and knowledge of the principles of fake news is an advantage
  • Prior knowledge of the lecturers/teachers: For some parts of the module some of prior knowledge of the lecturers might be needed. Therefore,  literature and links/resources that can be consulted in order to be prepared as a teacher can be found in the “self study material” in the table, accompanying each lesson as well as in the detailed description of the module.