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Digging into Disinformation - elearning module for Newcomers (part of NorQuest College's WebSafe project)

By: Marco Campana
May 22, 2022

This elearning module is part of the NorQuest College WebSafe project:

"The aim of this project is to provide newcomers to Canada with knowledge about digital disinformation and to empower them to support family, friends, and community members in dealing with online scams, threats and misinformation.

The topics covered are based on consultations with newcomer communities and with newcomer service provider organizations. Topics include email scams, website disinformation and strategies to manage digital life. The course uses video, audio, and whiteboard animation to create an interactive and engaging set of learning tools. The materials have been developed for newcomers at CLB 4+ and are published as an open educational resource. There is an instructor manual which provides a comprehensive course description, sample PBLA tasks for use with LINC classes, and sample language extension activities."

NorQuest WebSafe web page

NorQuest College created these elearning modules as SCORM packages which you can link to or embed on your websites and Learning Management Systems (LMS).

On this page, I have embedded their Module 3 Unit 2: Digging Into Disinformation as an example of how you could embed a module into one of your web pages. I use WordPress for my website, and installed the Insert or Embed Articulate Content into WordPress plugin on my site, which allows me to embed SCORM packages directly into a page or post.

Not sure what SCORM is? Here's a good overview. Unsure how you might add a SCORM package to your site? The Insert or Embed Articulate Content into WordPress plugin page has useful information (There are other plugins. The free version of this one seems to work at the moment.).

Don't care or want to learn about SCORM? That's OK too! NorQuest College has created individual web pages/links for each WebSafe module. See the section below the embedded module for links to each module, as well as teacher resources. You can simply share the links to each module for your clients.

The main point is that someone else has created useful content that you might want to use with your Newcomer clients. And, like a YouTube video, they've made that content in a way that allows you to embed it into your site to share with the Newcomers you serve (OK, yes, with a bit more technical work, but still!). As you'll see below, this is a fully functioning module. I didn't have to create it. It's focused on Newcomers. And it's up to date and useful.

If you don't want to or can't embed, you have many options. Add links to web pages about digital literacy and web safety resources. Email them. Send them via text or digital messaging. You can use and share this useful information regardless of your own tech ability and digital literacy.

Should you review them first before sharing? Of course. But do. Do review them and share what you find useful. If you're building digital literacy and web safety content or curriculum, think about building on these resources instead of duplicating them. And then, like NorQuest College, share them back to the sector as open educational resources or content that anyone can use, free of restrictive copyright (may I suggest a review of Creative Commons Copyright?).


WebSafe Module 3 Unit 2: Digging Into Disinformation

"By the end of this unit, you will be able to recognize some of the most common scams you may come across when you are online. These scams include romance scams and business scams. You will be able to help your family to spot these common scams and learn how to stop and think if something seems fishy. You will understand that not all news you see online may be true and ways you can double-check if a news story is real or fake."

WebSafe Module 3 Unit 2: Digging Into Disinformation module introduction



All the WebSafe Modules from NorQuest College

Teacher resources

For PBLA activities at CLB 4-7, email websafe@norquest.ca.

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