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To kick-off the series for the 2021-22 academic year, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and University of Nebraska Online (NU Online) are cohosting Mike Caulfied, Director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University, for a live webcast presentation titled, Attention is the Scarcity: Information Literacy in the New Information Economy.
This important discussion covers the important task of navigating information in an epidemic of disinformation. As attention spans are rapidly changing in the digital age, it is critical to teach and instill better digital literacy practices in education.
Using a variety of examples showing the challenges of navigating our current online information environment, digital literacy expert Mike Caulfield will show how and why traditional approaches to critical thinking instruction often fail to prepare our students for the world they encounter online. Using his SIFT methodology, he will demonstrate how short investigative techniques around source and claim-checking can result in radically improved outcomes for students and citizens navigating information online.
Attendees will gain insight into:
- Techniques to teach digital literacy practices in education
- SIFT methodology
- Hands-on techniques to source and claim-check information online
Registration is required.
- Utilize the registration form at the bottom of this page.
- Once you are registered, you will receive an email with access to the presentation.
- Recordings of the presentation will be shared with those who register.
More about the Presenter:
Mike Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University Vancouver is an early believer in the idea of civic digital literacies. His SIFT model, a practical approach to quick source and claim investigation, encourages readers to take a minute or two to seek out basic information about sources and claims before they engage more deeply with media and, if necessary, to move on to better material. It is based on research of Sam Wineburg and his own experiences helping faculty to teach critical consumption in the classroom.
His work, Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, won the Merlot Award for best open learning resource in the ICT category and he was a runner-up in the Rita Allen/RTI International Misinformation Solutions Award (2018).
Mike is also known for his use of collaborative technology in the classroom and worked with wiki inventor Ward Cunningham from 2014-2016 on the use of federated wiki in education. His 2015 essay The Garden and the Stream is credited with launching the digital gardens movement. He was an early proponent of the use of Open Educational Resources and worked for MIT as the first director of community outreach for the OpenCourseWare Consortium in the mid-2000s. His work has been covered by The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the MIT Technology Review.
More about Campus Conversations:
Campus Conversations is an online professional development series focused on key topics related to education in the face of rapidly changing technology. The event takes place multiple times throughout the academic year and features nationally recognized speakers to share information about topics of interest to those involved in online learning. These events are offered free of charge to University of Nebraska faculty and staff.