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Participating in the Digital Polarization Initiative is now ‘Ridiculously Easy’

When I was at the Domains 2017 conference earlier this summer, Jon Udell issued a challenge – what are you doing to help the fight again digital polarization, “fake news,” and general media illiteracy? He has been working hard with Mike Caulfield on the Digital Polarization Initiative (which I’ve already written about), and they’ve come up with a new way to make it easier for teachers to incorporate the project into their classes.

(By the way, my part is using the platforms that I have access to to promote this and other projects like it. I amplify. Given that most are in the throws of planning for their upcoming semester, it seemed like the right time to do another signal boost.)

One of the main challenges to adoption of DiPo was that it was in wiki format, which can be a technical barrier. Now, you can contribute using Google Docs.

This, alongside Caulfield’s OER textbook Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, can very readily be incorporated into many different classes in just about every discipline.

How do you see incorporating the project into your class this semester? Alternately, what pedagogical resources or strategies do you use when addressing media literacy? Please share in the comments!

Photo by Kai Oberhäuser on Unsplash

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