Finding accurate, well-researched scientific and medical information online in a world overflowing with misinformation and bias is a daunting, time-consuming task. Fe University is pleased to present a course to help students sort through the maze of information, Scientific Literacy in the Information Age. The course will be offered for four, two-hour sessions on Mondays, July 8-29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Iron County Courthouse in Hurley. Chenin Limback, biology instructor at Gogebic Community College, and Darrin Kimbler, Iron County UW Extension educator, will team teach the course.
Students will learn how to use critical-thinking strategies to analyze scientific reporting in the media and online sources. Learn to identify problematic claims or hoaxes attempting to take advantage of you or your money, in addition to identifying information based on personal bias or hidden agendas. How scientists use the scientific method to determine the accuracy of information and how to identify disreputable sources of scientific information will be explored. Learn to use good internet fact-checking to decipher news vs. opinion and the accuracy of medical claims and “bad science” to become an expert who can pass on the knowledge to others.
Students may be asked to do a small amount of home research, and access to the internet is a plus. Phones may be used or computers with internet access are available at the local libraries.
For a more complete description of the class please visit the website www.feuniversity.org. To register, download a registration form from the website or pick one up at the Mercer Library or the Iron County UW Extension office in the courthouse in Hurley. Completed forms may be dropped off at those locations or mailed to Fe University, PO Box 63, Hurley, WI 54534. The course fee is $35 with a $5 discount if registration is received by June 24. Scholarships are available. For more information on this and other Fe U fall classes call 715-561-3098 or 715-476-2881.
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