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Teaching Truth and Trust in an Era of Digital Dissensus
Are conspiracy theorists and anti-maskers anti-fact? Are people doomed to confirmation bias and ideological bubbles, or is there a deeper dynamic at play?

Michael Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, a nationally recognized digital literacy expert, will discuss the roots of our current “digital dissensus” and explain how our approach to education may be making the problem worse.

Join hosts Sarah Perrault and Alex Werndli of Oregon State's Writing Intensive Curriculum Program and the School of Writing, Literature and Film in a conversation with Mike Caulfield. How do we design education for a world where information is plentiful, and attention is the scarcity? How do we encourage analysis and engagement in our students without having those same impulses gamed by bad actors? What epistemic stances and heuristics serve the public in a world where expertise is niche and very little is directly verifiable, and where facts are atomized, separated from analysis, and reassembled in bizarre and dangerous ways?

Free. Hosted by the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the College of Liberal Arts.

Jan 29, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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