Digital Literacy

Algorithmic Bias in Search and Research

April 18, 2018, 4:00pm
Algorithms shape our everyday access to information, defining what we can and can not find online. Safiya Umoja Noble's (USC) forthcoming book Algorithms of Oppression explores the algorithms that form the backbone for services like Google and Facebook, and the ways in which these algorithms reinforce racist views and encode gender discrimination. As commercial platforms increasingly control how scholars, as well as the general public, access information, it's critical for our students to consider the ways in which these tools are anything but neutral.
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2018 Teaching and Research Resource Fair

April 12, 2018, 11:00am
Join us for our second annual AIS-palooza. Connect with service providers and academic support units from across campus to learn about resources that are available to all UCB instructors and researchers. Schedule a consultation to improve your teaching, learn about exciting new tools to engage students and speed grading, secure your research data, create more inclusive classrooms, and more.
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Immersive Education: Teaching With and About VR/AR

April 19, 2018, 3:00pm
As newer technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gain in popularity, how are they impacting teaching and learning in the classroom? What does it mean to teach with rather than just about VR and AR? Where and in what ways is VR/AR showing up on campus? This event is intended as an introduction to VR/AR and other immersive technologies on campus and in the classroom. All are welcome and no prior knowledge is required!
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Assignment Showcase: Designing for Discovery

December 6, 2018, 12:00pm
Join us for lightning talks and lunch, featuring instructors presenting assignments they have developed that foster inquiry and engagement with primary sources.
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Adobe Fellows Meeting

December 5, 2018, 12:00pm
End-of-semester check-in meeting for American Cultures instructors participating in the Adobe Fellows Program. During this meeting, we will share assignment plans, gather feedback, and develop implementation plans.
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Challenging Privilege: Genre, Sources, and the Writer’s Voice

October 23, 2018, 4:00pm
Whose knowledge do we privilege when we introduce our students to writing and research practices in the Berkeley classroom? How can we use discussions about voice, audience, authority, and “scholarly sources” to critically consider the range of knowledge practices privileged in higher education? And, how can students develop authentic and professional voices that will serve them well across a variety of writing contexts?
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Digital Literacy

Through its Level Up Initiative, the Library offers tools and resources to support digital literacy, including workshops, tutorials, online videos, and more.

More info: Library Level Up website

Consultations: Email

The Use and Abuse of Digital Platforms

November 16, 2017, 4:00pm

Open to: All instructors and academic support staff

Description:

How do issues of privacy, copyright, and plagiarism in a digital environment intersect with our use of digital tools such as turnitin.com or public sites such as WordPress, LinkedIn, or other social media? How do we remain ethical in our use of digital media and platforms and encourage our students to do so as well?

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Whose Line Is It, Anyway? Community Authorship and Collaborative Writing

September 20, 2018, 4:00pm
In the classroom, collaborative assignments have always been a thorny issue—including how to assign writing teams and how to evaluate the work fairly. Collaborations also raise ethical issues relating to authorship. We’ll look at the benefits of collaborative assignments, and how to make them work in the classroom.
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Algorithmic Bias in Search and Research

May 8, 2018
As part of the Designing for Digital Literacy Series co-presented by the AIS, the Library, and the College Writing Program, a group of instructors, staff and librarians gathered on April 18, 2018 to discuss the implications of algorithmic bias for student research and learning. Librarian Cody Hennesy kicked off the conversation by outlining Safiya Noble’s research on how popular platforms such as Google and Facebook engage in technological redlining. This kind of work provides opportunities to help students connect discussions about scholarly resources with issues of bias and point of view in the broader information landscape.