IREX’s Learn to Discern approach builds resilience to manipulative information by empowering those who engage with media and information to navigate it in a safe, critical, responsible, healthy, and empathy-driven way.
Learn to Discern's curriculum builds emotional control and cognitive reflection, critical and analytical thinking, empathy, and other mental habits to overcome intuitive yet addictive and highly manipulative features of todays informational ecosystem. It builds technical skills such as cross-checking information and verification techniques. It also provides techniques for overcoming social incentives for negative information engagement, such as the desire for validation or belonging.
Learn to Discern based courses, often called Very Verified or other fun, locally resonant name, are built for today’s busy, information-saturated world. They are engaging, interactive, fun, and can be used as a self-paced learning platform or as part of blended instruction where online learning is reinforced by facilitated workshops.
Learn to Discern builds resilience in a variety of formats and has been adapted to the context and to audiences in over 20 countries around the globe. It offers multiple pathways to long-term resilience and addresses immediate threats to information integrity for:
- In person and virtual peer-to-peer workshops
- Blended and self directed online learning
- Integration into secondary and higher education
- Gamification and play based methods
- Media and Social Media "inoculation" campaigns