Presentation Title

Fighting Fake News: Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy in Staff Development

Presenter Information

Nolan Higdon, CSU East BayFollow

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Nolan Higdon is a professor of English, Communication, and History of the US and Latin America in the San Francisco Bay Area. His academic work focuses on nationalism, propaganda, and critical media literacy education. He sits on the boards of the Media Freedom Foundation, Sacred Heart University’s Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, the Union for Democratic Communications Steering Committee, and the Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education. Higdon is a co-founder for the Global Critical Media Literacy Project. He has contributed chapters to Censored 2013-2018 as well as Stephen Lendman’s Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III (2014). He has published articles on media and propaganda including “Disinfo Wars: Alex Jones War on Your Mind (2013),” “Millennial Media Revolution (2014),” and “Justice For Sale (2015).” He has been a guest on national radio and television programs.

Type of Presentation

Individual presentation

Brief Description of Presentation

Nolan Higdon will discuss how critical media literacy pedagogy can be adopted campus wide through the implementation of staff development programs. Relying on his previous study, Higdon will define "effective critical media literacy pedagogy." The presentation will then examine the data collected from an online staff development course titled “Fighting Fake News,” that was offered to community college educators. The course focused on best practices for using media to enhance the classroom by maximizing information integrity and source veracity skill sets. The course also sought to equip educators with the skills to make their students more responsible media consumers and producers.

Abstract of Proposal

The rise of Donald Trump and ubiquitous use of "fake news," demonstrates the urgent need for effective critical media literacy pedagogy in education. An effective critical media literacy pedagogy in higher education has four main themes: (1) Effective Instructor and Instruction; (2) A Critical Perspective; (3) Inequality And Oppression; and (4) Resistance and Activism. This study will discuss how critical media literacy pedagogy can be adopted campus wide through the implementation of staff development programs. It will also examine the data collected from an online staff development course titled “Fighting Fake News,” that was offered to community college educators. The course focused on best practices for using media to enhance the classroom by maximizing information integrity and source veracity skill sets. The course also sought to equip educators with the skills to make their students more responsible media consumers and producers.

Start Date

2-24-2018 9:50 AM

End Date

2-24-2018 11:20 AM

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Fighting Fake News: Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy in Staff Development

The rise of Donald Trump and ubiquitous use of "fake news," demonstrates the urgent need for effective critical media literacy pedagogy in education. An effective critical media literacy pedagogy in higher education has four main themes: (1) Effective Instructor and Instruction; (2) A Critical Perspective; (3) Inequality And Oppression; and (4) Resistance and Activism. This study will discuss how critical media literacy pedagogy can be adopted campus wide through the implementation of staff development programs. It will also examine the data collected from an online staff development course titled “Fighting Fake News,” that was offered to community college educators. The course focused on best practices for using media to enhance the classroom by maximizing information integrity and source veracity skill sets. The course also sought to equip educators with the skills to make their students more responsible media consumers and producers.