Challenge 2: How can I evaluate information I encounter online?
- I understand ways to evaluate information online
- I can recognize credible sources of information
- I understand how to verify information accuracy
Estimated Time: 20-30 minutes
Activity 1: What is Credible?
- Watch [3:25]: Sifting through the Outbreak, by Caulfield, Washington State University Vancouver
- Watch [3:14]: Evaluating Sources for Credibility, by NC State University Libraries
Read: 2 articles
- How to Evaluate COVID-19 News without Freaking Out (Scientific American)
- COVID-19: Evaluating Information on COVID-19 (University Libraries, University of Washington)
- Optional: “Misinformation During the Covid-19 Pandemic”
Reflect & Discuss
- With a partner, consider the three sources below:
- As a team, respond to these questions:
- Where is each resource published online?
- If you can find a publication date, what is it?
- Is the author or contributor a person or an organization? Name the author and/or the organization.
- Has the author or contributor written about COVID-19 previously? What other topics have they written about?
- Do any of the resources include evidence? If so, what is the evidence, and can you access it?
Reflect & Share
- As a team, complete the sentences below
- Evaluating information is important because...
- Evaluating information about COVID-19 is important because...
- Two ways that anyone can evaluate information about COVID-19 include...