Health misinformation is rampant in today’s information environment, and it is especially difficult to approach in the classroom. Medical and scientific topics are inherently complex and nuanced. Misinformation can come in many different formats, from memes to viral videos to articles. And certain health and medical topics—particularly vaccines—have become politicized. All these factors create potential pitfalls for educators who are trying to equip their students with critical-thinking skills.

In this webinar, Vanessa Otero—founder of Ad Fontes Media, which produces the famous Media Bias Chart®—will cover practical strategies for teaching about health misinformation. She will demonstrate how you can help students spot common rhetorical devices in misinformation content and then go over specific, current examples of such content. Analyzing real content will leave you feeling prepared to both tackle medical rumors and conspiracies with your students head-on and teach them how to find reliable health information.

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About Vanessa Otero:
Vanessa Otero is the creator of the Media Bias Chart®, the viral image that prompted many lively discussions around the Internet about where people get their news. She is the CEO of Ad Fontes Media, the company she founded in 2018 to fulfill the need revealed by the popularity of the Chart—the need for an easy-to-understand, reliable news rating system. Vanessa is a native of San Diego, CA, and currently resides in Westminster, CO. She has a B.A. in English from UCLA and a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and is a practicing patent attorney. As the founder of Ad Fontes Media, she seeks to impact the way consumers, educators, and organizations deal with today’s complex media landscape.

Practical Strategies for Teaching about Health Misinformation

November 9, 2021 @ 3:00 pm-November 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm