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Friday, November 2 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Three Ring Circus: A Model for Understanding and Teaching Students about Bias

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Since the truth is becoming a subjective experience due to living in a world of filter bubbles and fake news, the need to teach students to understand and combat bias and falsehood has become critical. This presentation describes a model for identifying and teaching awareness of bias on 3 different levels. The first level, Level 1>, describes the agendas and aims of various information sources (the ever shifting commercial and political information landscape). The second level, Level 2>, details the skewing effect of social media algorithms and browser histories and their resulting troublesome filter bubbles. The last level, Level 3>, encompasses our own internal biases (the often subconscious human tendency to automatically categorize people and ideas). This session will include practical examples and teaching techniques to guide students towards a deeper understanding of the bias pitfalls that surround and permeate their daily lives.

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Virginia Cairns

Instruction Librarian, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Instruction Librarian, interested in critical thinking, nontraditional assignments, partnering with teaching faculty.

Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Room D