What do pizzas parlors, viruses, and wildfires all have in common? They've all been the subject of misinformation! Most of us have encountered misinformation on our news feeds, but we might not always recognize it. Let's learn more about misinformation, why it's a problem, and tips for recognizing it.
Briefly look over the CO2 Science website and use your best judgement to decide if the website is:
What are two (2) pieces of evidence that helped you make your decision?
A website's address is often referred to as the URL or Uniform Resource Locator. Much like a physical address that can help us find a location by a street, city, state and zip code, the URL provides key information about a website.
The domain name is a three-letter code found at the end of the URL and preceded by a "dot."
When testing the reliability of a website, we are really asking ourselves who is behind the information. This means we need to find out more about the author and organization who created and shared the content. Here are four things to consider:
Credentials help you understand an author's level of expertise on a subject and provide context for the type of information they are qualified to write. Credentials can include degrees, employment and publications in a field, work with a specific organization, and so on.
Lateral reading means clicking away from a webpage to open additional Internet browser tabs and search outside the original source. This helps you to learn more about the organization, author, and/or claims made on the original webpage.
Lateral reading helps us determine an author or organization's motivation for sharing information.
When the motivation is to inform and provide accurate information. You will usually see:
Sponsored content is information created and sponsored by a business. It is often created to look like a real article or infographic, but the content is going to be in the best interests of the business.
Complete the Evaluating Online Sources Activity, save it to your computer, and upload it to your course Blackboard site.
Choose one of the following webpages to complete your web evaluation assignment.