Evaluating Online Sources: Checking Facts and Identifying Misinformation

Course Available
0.5 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for KQED Participants Only

Prepare your students to be savvy online researchers by giving them the tools they need to distinguish facts from misinformation. Gain confidence and resources for teaching how to evaluate information and spot unreliable sources. In this free, hands-on course you will evaluate online sources like a professional fact checker, practice lateral reading and other fact-checking methods centered on a topic relevant to you and your curriculum or content area, unpack how to recognize both reliable and unreliable sources whether researching online or scrolling social media, and create a lesson plan on any aspect of online source evaluation to build students’ online research and evaluation skills in a way that aligns with your curriculum goals.

You can register for this free course at https://teach.kqed.org/p/evaluating-sources.

Course Details

Number of Units: 0.5 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators in all subject areas who want to develop skills and confidence with media making and media literacy.

Directions to Enrolled Participants for University Credit:  Submit your Certificate of Completion by email to [email protected] after enrolling for credit and completing the course to receive your official transcript.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X781V – 002 01 Jan 202431 Dec 2024 0.5 $39

Evaluating Online Sources: Checking Facts and Identifying Misinformation

01 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
Credit Validation

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: December 31, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

What You Will Learn

  • Practice current best practices to assess the accuracy and credibility of online sources in a variety of formats
  • Gain strategies to support student in using search engines and evaluating the quality of online news and information sources
  • Understand what misinformation, disinformation and propaganda are, the dangers of each, and how to combat them
  • Create a lesson plan or online source evaluation activity that build students’ ability to evaluate online sources for accuracy and credibility


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.