Key Terms: Epistemology, Knowledge, Knowledge Claim, Substantive Discourse, Information Literacy, The CRAAP Test


The course aims to help students develop an understanding and practice of Empathetic Information Literacy, which is conceptualized as

  1. pausing
  2. asking
  3. caring
  4. checking
  5. acting.

Course Introduction

This page presents my rationale for developing Fake News as a theme-based course for first-year writing.

Project 1, How and Why to Fight/Heal Fake News with Honest Research

  • what truth is
  • why we should care
  • how we might practically sort out the distortions we encounter.?

Project 2, Practicing Empathetic Information Literacy Together

The 2nd unit gives students a chance to practice the 5 five moves of empathetic information literacy:

Project 3: Applying Empathetic Information Literacy Individually

The 3rd unit gives students a chance to apply the moves again, this time on their own individual research essays.

Unit 4, Reflections on Truth, Information Literacy

The final (and shortest) unit asks students to reflect on what they have learned and on how they may use it in the future.