Fake News: Applying Current Trends to Teach Media Studies Online

Session Description
A mini 5 week media course that examines the fake news trend so popular today while covering some of the important basic principles of journalism and the various approaches of digital communication today. The course will focus on media literacy; exploring and applying fake news to assignments that will include taking a look back at “yellow journalism,” the original period in U.S. history when fabricated news ruled, as well as learning how to question, verify and validate digital news appropriately and accurately.

Connectivist and adult learning theories guided the design of the instructional course. A group interview and survey questionnaire based on the Design Thinking Process was given to students at a four-year public university in the state of Hawaii currently taking a F2F introductory media course to ascertain if there is interest and feasibility in such an online course. Department standards and requirements, ADDIE Model and Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, along with the university’s Quality Online Course Design Certification guidelines, were used in the development of the course. Course content and assignments, using a Learning Management System as the primary delivery method, will be presented via text, graphics and video.

Patsy Iwasaki
Patsy Iwasaki, University of Hawaii at Manao, Hilo, HI, USA
An instructor of English at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Patsy Y. Iwasaki is working towards completing her doctoral degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Learning Design and Technology. In addition to teaching a variety of classes including English composition, rhetoric and media writing at UH Hilo, she is currently the writer and executive producer of a full length documentary on early Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto, who was lynched in Honokaa in 1889. She has studied and conducted research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Oregon, the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Iwasaki is very active in the Hawaii community, volunteering and serving on the boards of organizations dedicated to education, youth and the Japanese American community in Hawaii.
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