How have our online interactions and engagement - as a society - become so toxic? Is there anything we as individuals and citizens can do to stop this trend, or at least stop it from stopping us? Productive participatory engagement builds communities and networks that support real interaction and change. How does that look for a functioning democratic society -- when meeting face to face is no longer necessary? What does this do to our institutions - education, government, media? How can we make it work for us, online and off, inside and outside of classrooms?
This two-week open online course will convene a conversation on participatory engagement, with input from leading voices dealing with media literacy, disinformation, and polarization. Participants can engage on their own time and in real time, if they wish, and can build towards action in their local communities.
Join us February 12th - 26th, 2018.Register
Davidson Now is a free, online learning series that aims to share the expertise of the Davidson College faculty and staff with the world through technology on topics that are particularly timely. Davidson Now include high-quality video segments that address these timely subjects. The courses will also be built around moderated online discussion and reflection to build a community around the course material.
Fake news is a real problem. From allegations of election fraud to Pizzagate, fake news saturates our newsfeeds-- and our national discourse. Some say it has compromised the authority of journalism; others say writing fake news has brought them a fistful of money.
What do we make of this phenomenon? Why is fake news so prevalent these days? And how should we respond?Learn More
As the US general election approaches, there is a firestorm of rhetoric around access and fraud. Major legislation changes, court rulings and political views continue to flood the media leading up to this election. But what is true in all of this? And what should you believe going into the election?Learn More