Sorting Facts from Lies on the Internet

Online curriculum out of Stanford offers lessons in ferreting out misinformation.

By John Fensterwald

Think like a fact checker.

That’s at the core of a new, free online curriculum developed by a group of Stanford researchers. Civic Online Reasoning or COR is designed to help students tell the difference between reliable and fake information on the internet. The Stanford History Education Group found that the lack of a fact-checker mindset is a big part of why so many students — and adults — so often are duped by political and social issues websites.