Can Students Evaluate Online Sources?

In a world of “fake news,” “advertorials,” “sponsored posts,” and other potentially misleading content, the ability to properly vet social and political information online has become a vital skill. But are we properly teaching it to students?

A new study led by Stanford University’s Sarah McGrew finds that students at nearly all levels – from middle school through college – struggle to evaluate online information, and often fail to ask essential questions regarding the origins and motives of various content.

McGrew sits down with CPRE Research Specialist Robert Nathenson to discuss her findings and offer some tips and free resources to teachers, policymakers, and education researchers hoping to address this problem.