Engaged Learning Series to Discuss Online Fact Checking

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host Michael Caulfield of Washington State University for “Citizen Fact-Checking in the Digital Age” Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom C.

Caulfield, head of the American Democracy Project’s Digital Polarization Initiative (called “DigiPo” for short), will discuss how especially during elections, it is easy to misinterpret and misconstrue topics and issues online. DigiPo is a national effort to encourage college students to fact check and build their web literacy and civic involvement by analyzing and providing context for the information they see on social media feeds in particular.

 “Online literacy is an important skill, but with so much misinformation cluttering social media and other online sources, it can be difficult for people to develop online literacy skills,” said Teresa Martinez, Continuing Education program coordinator.

Caulfield’s lecture is sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the Engaged Learning Series. WSU’s Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) hosts the Engaged Learning Series (ELS) each year. ELS is a university-wide series of events designed to engage students, faculty, staff and community in discussion, debate, dialogue, learning and action around an issue of public concern. This year’s ELS theme, “Matter of Fact?” challenges people to think critically about fact and opinion, credible sources, how to articulate fact and why science, logic and history matter. The series offers a variety of events including lectures, musical performances, conferences and symposiums, lectures and more.

The Caulfield lecture is free for all, and snacks will be provided.

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Contact:

Teresa Martinez, Online & Continuing Education program director
801-626-7737 • teresamartinez1@weber.edu

Author:

Ivonne Dabb, Office of Marketing & Communications
801-626-7439 • ivonnedabb@weber.edu