Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Strategies for Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

March 1, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Open to: All faculty, graduate students, and staff


How do we help students understand, navigate, and engage with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex online information landscape--in an era of echo chambers, filter bubbles, and misinformation? Recent concerns about the influence of fake news on the 2016 Presidential election highlight an array of emerging gaps in students’ media and digital literacy skills. Studies also show that most so-called digital natives fare poorly when it comes to the critical evaluation of online sources.

Faculty from a variety of disciplines will share practical examples from their own teaching and lead a discussion around what's changed, what we should pay attention to, and how we can work together to equip ourselves and our students to address both age-old and emerging concerns. This library guide is also available to help with evaluating resources.

Snacks and light refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their lunch. Registration is not required, but will help us know how many people to expect.


  • Beverly Crawford, Political Science/Economy
  • Leslea Hlusko, Integrative Biology
  • Michael Larkin, College Writing
  • Jean Retzinger, Media Studies
  • Edward Wasserman, Journalism

Moderated by Cody Hennesy, Doe Library


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on February 28, 2017 - 5:00pm.


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