Mike Caulfield Visiting Speaker

Join us in mid-March for an exciting opportunity with Mike Caulfield, a research scientist specializing in digital literacy and misinformation! This event is co-sponsored by SAIL (Seahawks Advancing Interdisciplinary Learning); the Center for Teaching Excellence; the Department of English; Randall Library; and the Honors College.


Faculty development workshop (Thursday, March 14 from 2:00-4:00 in EB 162): Teaching With SIFT

Using examples showing the current challenges of navigating our current information environment, digital literacy expert Mike Caulfield will show how and why traditional approaches to critical thinking instruction often fail to prepare our students for the world they encounter online. Participants will then be walked through his SIFT methodology for student and citizen fact-checking. In an interactive session, participants will learn the basics of the quick source and claim-checking method, while discussing some of the challenges (and unexpected benefits) of bringing these skills and understandings into the university classroom.

Please register here (encouraged but not required!): https://uncw.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6PDhWFurW7iTJFI


Campus keynote (Friday, March 15 from 10:00-12:00 in Morton 100): It’s not misleading content, it’s misrepresented evidence. 

Open to all students, staff, and faculty!

When it comes to misinformation, there are a slew of related terms – is something deceptive? Misleading? Superficially true? And what does it mean, exactly, to be misleading in the first place? Using a variety of examples, misinformation expert Mike Caulfield will show how the core of deception is not in the fact itself, but how it is used to advance an often unstated argument. By understanding the assertions made online and elsewhere not simply as facts, but as evidence in a larger argument, we can better understand the ways in which propagandists, conspiracy theorists, and other violate norms of evidence to support positions in ways that deceive the public. Open to students, faculty, and staff. 

Please register here (encouraged but not required!): https://uncw.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bawWcLj0oXYTZ30



Mike Caulfield is a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, where he studies the spread of online rumors and misinformation. Creator of the SIFT methodology, he has taught thousands of teachers and students how to verify claims and sources through his workshops. His new book with Sam Wineburg, Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online, was published by the University of Chicago Press in November 2023.

Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting Stephanie Crowe, 910-962-7858 | crowes@uncw.edu at least 5 days prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.