The Problem with Checklist Approaches Open Online Course


Another free, online course, Check-Please!  Starter Course, created by Mike Caulfield (and others) that you can copy and customize for your own use.

Mike Caulfield is the author of the Open Textbook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers”. If you’re looking for a good, easy to access resource on fact-checking and resource vetting, this is a good place to start!

From the course site:

“In this course, we show you how to fact and source-check in five easy lessons, taking about 30 minutes apiece. The entire online curriculum is two and a half to three hours and is suitable homework for the first week of a college-level module on disinformation or online information literacy, or the first few weeks of a course if assigned with other discipline-focused homework.

…This course will take you through the basics of quick source and claim-checking, and introduce you to our “four moves”, a series of actions to take when encountering claims and sources on the web.

These course materials can be used for self-study, as part of a formal course, or as a set of independent assignments to practice your skills.

The course is broken up into lessons, each of which can be completed in a single sitting. They take from 20 to 45 minutes, are composed of 5 to 15 pages, and include instruction and a series of exercises. While some exercises may seem repetitive, we recommend you complete them all, as the point is not just learning what fact-checking is, but building a fact-checking habit.”

To find out more about this course, here is an excellent blog post by Joshua Ell, Check Please Starter Course. My reactions and takeaways.