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In this course, you'll be gathering evidence of the effectiveness of a resilience rewirement of your choosing. The web is full of freely available information on a variety of "wellness hacks" and trends, some of it false and some of it reliable. It's not realistic or necessary to base every decision on what to trust on evidence from peer-reviewed research. The SIFT method was developed by digital expert Mike Caulfield based on the practices of professional fact checkers to help people develop critical practices and habits of mind when reviewing information on the web.
I will introduce the "moves" involved in applying SIFT, and you will practice these moves using a few different examples. We will use polling to gauge the consensus of the group on the reliability of the information provided in each source.
Returning to the example of caffeine alternatives for staying alert, the following article was in the first page of results for a Google Search filtered down to News:
Let's investigate an article about CBD oils and stress reduction.
Checking a Claim:
The article above made a claim that coffee alleviates depression. Do a quick Google Search to see if you can come up with any results that substantiate that claim.
Finding trusted works could mean doing a Google News search as suggested in the video. It could also mean looking for scientific evidence from other credible sources such as Peer-Reviewed research articles.