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Learning How to Separate Fake from Real News: Scalable Digital Tutorials Promoting Students’ Civic Online Reasoning

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Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, 751 05 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Education, Uppsala University, 750 02 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, 751 42 Uppsala, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Sonia Santoveña-Casal
Future Internet 2021, 13(3), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13030060
Received: 10 February 2021 / Revised: 22 February 2021 / Accepted: 23 February 2021 / Published: 27 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Network and Sustainable Distance Education)
With the rise of misinformation, there is a great need for scalable educational interventions supporting students’ abilities to determine the trustworthiness of digital news. We address this challenge in our study by developing an online intervention tool based on tutorials in civic online reasoning that aims to teach adolescents how to critically assess online information comprising text, videos and images. Our findings from an online intervention with 209 upper secondary students highlight how observational learning and feedback support their ability to read laterally and improve their performance in determining the credibility of digital news and social media posts. View Full-Text
Keywords: civic online reasoning; source criticism; lateral reading; observational learning; fact-checking tutorials civic online reasoning; source criticism; lateral reading; observational learning; fact-checking tutorials
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Axelsson, C.-A.W.; Guath, M.; Nygren, T. Learning How to Separate Fake from Real News: Scalable Digital Tutorials Promoting Students’ Civic Online Reasoning. Future Internet 2021, 13, 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13030060

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Axelsson C-AW, Guath M, Nygren T. Learning How to Separate Fake from Real News: Scalable Digital Tutorials Promoting Students’ Civic Online Reasoning. Future Internet. 2021; 13(3):60. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13030060

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Axelsson, Carl-Anton W., Mona Guath, and Thomas Nygren. 2021. "Learning How to Separate Fake from Real News: Scalable Digital Tutorials Promoting Students’ Civic Online Reasoning" Future Internet 13, no. 3: 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13030060

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