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How to spot an expert (Stage 5)

On Demand

Expert or imposter? How to spot the difference!

Find out how to be sure you’re getting reliable, factual information when you watch, listen, read or scroll.


ACTIVITY OUTLINE:

It seems everyone is an expert – but how can you tell the real deal from the fakers?

In this short explainer video, Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley and Dr Ken Henry from the Australian National University give their tips on how to spot a genuine expert and avoid being sucked into a vortex of misinformation.

After viewing this video, students will be able to:

  • identify factors that can affect an individual’s ability to find reliable, evidence-based information,
  • identify one or more ways to investigate a commentator’s credentials.

Use it as a conversation starter or launching point for more in-depth investigation into the influence of a range of media, including social media, in shaping community attitudes, and the challenges to sustaining a resilient democracy in the face of mis- and disinformation.

This resource is useful for students in Years 9 and 10 studying English and Civics and Citizenship.


IS THIS A FREE EVENT? Yes


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia


SPECIAL GUESTS:

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM – Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Ken Henry AC – Chair of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at Australian National University

 


Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 31-Dec-2025 05:00PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording

Duration

3 Minutes

Price

Free!

Curriculum

Secondary

Syllabus Outcomes

EN5-RVL-01

Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

English

Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

After viewing this video, students will be able to:

  • identify factors that can affect an individual’s ability to find reliable, evidence-based information,
  • identify one or more ways to investigate a commentator’s credentials.

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Technology and Materials Requirements

Internet connection and device/s for viewing.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Phone: (02) 6249 1788

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.socialsciences.org.au

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