Teaching Argument in the Age of Fake News

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Ilse Schrynemakers/NEMLA

In our “post-truth” landscape, fake news and “alternative facts” abound. It can even be difficult getting students to agree on the standards for what qualifies as accurate, verifiable information. However, teaching students to evaluate sources and construct fact-based arguments is both more challenging and more essential than ever before. This is doubly important in the writing classroom where students are still finding their voices and honing their rhetorical and analytical skills. This panel welcomes papers that address this topic from a range of theoretical and/or empirical perspectives. 

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

--successful methods for teaching students to discern opinion-based writing

--assignments that scaffold questions for interpreting the quality of source material

--approaches for establishing standards for research

--what to teach inside the classroom for the critical research happening outside the classroom

--how to build awareness of different value systems and biases present in research findings

--pedagogy/assignment that create(s) space for research that's not relevant or fruitful

--how today's educational technology creates virtual spaces for teaching/producing valuable research