ONLINE WORKSHOP: Debunked – How to Tell Fact From Fiction

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Debunked – How to Tell Fact From Fiction

ADAPT will be offering a free online workshop on misinformation for parents and teachers supported by Webwise; the Irish internet safety awareness centre. This workshop will help people identify misleading or misrepresented information and provide some simple techniques to separate fact from fiction.


Misleading information can be intentional (think fake news) or unintentional (by not following accepted conventions). In turn, we share the information we encounter on WhatsApp or Facebook, believing it to be true only to realize later that it was wrong. Let’s be honest, it has happened to most of us.


Developments in technology led to a surge of information, including a change in how we present data, think graphs that fit on smart watches or phones. It takes us milliseconds to digest these graphs. But do we really know if we’re taking in the correct information? Even more critically, can we be sure that these infographics have been designed to present the information in a non-biased way. Our 1.5 hour long Debunked workshop gives people some practical skills to use when they encounter information online, in particular images and graphs.


Data literacy skills are the tools we can use to correctly interpret information and recognise misleading information when we see it. In today’s ever more data and visual-driven worlds, these skills are crucial. However, they are rarely taught to most of us.


In an effort to tackle this universal problem ADAPT and Trinity College are running an informative, fun, and engaging public event to help people uncover these incidents of “fake news”. This event is supported by Webwise; the Irish internet safety awareness centre. Participants will get the opportunity to explore a range of teaching resources and training available to schools in the area of digital media literacy.

How will it work?

This workshop will take place over Zoom. The workshop will be a mix of activities and discussions.

We will apply data literacy skills by looking at common examples of misleading information. We will take the example of misleading information used in Irish social history and its impact as one common example. We will also discuss examples from other areas (e.g. climate change, science communication, etc.)


What do I need to take part?

You don’t need to have any background in Irish history, or even much practice with social media. We want to talk to people who are concerned about whether they’re seeing the full picture, have an interest in how to tell fact from fiction or just curious about the whole thing!


Why should I do this?

You’ll learn how to assess, analyse and interpret data – an important 21st Century skill.

You’ll hear the truth about Ireland’s links with the slave trade.

Who is providing this?

Experts in computer science and social history from ADAPT, the SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, and Trinity College Dublin are running these workshops

This project, called Debunked, is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Trinity College Dublin is supporting this through their new Trinity East campus and planned development as part of the Grand Canal Innovation District.

Talk to someone

Worried about something you have seen online or concerned about your child? Childline and the National Parents Council Primary offer free advice and support service.

Childline is a support service for young people up to the age of 18.There is a 24hr telephone, online and mobile phone texting service.

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