Critical Thinking Bootcamp 2022 | Eurek alert!

As AI becomes smarter and more deeply integrated into the way we access information and algorithms increasingly dictate the information we consume, how can we train students to spot and respond to misinformation? ? And what ethical considerations do we need to think about along the way?

SAGE Publishing’s Third Annual Critical Thinking Bootcamp (Tuesday, August 9 at 9am-12pm PST / 12pm-3pm EST) offers ideas, tips and resources to help librarians, teachers and other staff encourage critical thinking in and out of the classroom. Join our free, virtual sessions to find ways to recognize and address the impact of technology trends on our media ecosystem and learn tactics that can be used to educate students.


Experienced librarians and social and behavioral scientists will work on:

  • Why algorithms are important: Knowledge of algorithms for research, research and bias awareness

    Whether through search, research, or the messages and media we consume daily, we receive information through algorithms built and designed by humans with pre-existing biases. However, by nature, algorithms are invisible, which makes it difficult for us to critically interact with them. This session will help you increase your algorithmic knowledge and the role you can play in mitigating algorithmic bias on campus.

  • The Rise of AI: Challenges and Opportunities

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to impact nearly every industry over the next few decades and dramatically reshape the workforce and the classroom. Students will need training with a broader interdisciplinary perspective to understand the impact of AI and think critically about its societal implications. In this session, panelists will discuss how to create programs that draw from fields as diverse as computer science, psychology, and information studies, as well as the myriad ways in which AI will affect higher education.

  • Technology and ethics: practicing and teaching technoethics

    As academic professionals, what is our role in addressing the ethical concerns raised by technology? While the topic of ethics is often discussed in relation to technology, how can we situate it in both our educational practice and policy? The panel will assess existing policies to address ethical issues in technology and offer suggestions for the future.

Sufficient time for discussion, Q&A and networking will also be provided and attendees will walk away with practical tips to apply, questions to consider and a full toolkit of resources to use. The recording, slides and toolkit will be distributed to all registrants.


Nicole A. Cooke (keynote speech)

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. His research and teaching interests include human information behavior, critical studies of cultural information, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. She was the recipient of the 2019 Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Excellence in Teaching Award, and she has edited and written several books, including Information services to various populations and Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in the Age of Post-Truth.

Alexis Bonnet

Alexis Bonnell is Emerging Technology Evangelist for Government and Chief Strategic Business Officer at Google. She is also a Senior Visiting Fellow for the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue. Alexis was one of the founding members of the first Internet Trade Association. She has led businesses transitioning to a digital existence and brought digital transformations to war zones and global emergencies at the UN. At USAID, she led transformation and knowledge management, co-founded USAID’s US Global Development Lab, and served as USAID’s Director of Innovation. Alexis has led over a dozen large-scale digital and organizational transformation initiatives and is an expert in organizational behavior and culture and human-centered design. At Google, she dedicates her time to helping public servants catalyze their missions through technology, solving the world’s toughest challenges. Alexis specializes in public sector use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, AI governance, etc.

Dan Chibnall

Dan Chibnall received his MLS from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. He is a STEM Librarian at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and has held this position since July 2016. Previously, he held the position of User Services and Instruction Design Librarian at Grand View University for ten years. It focuses on integrated librarianship, information literacy, science communication, information behaviors and helps students become better researchers. Dan teaches courses on the relationship between science fiction and science, misinformation and personal information behaviors, and the role of science communication in educating the public about the role of science in everyday life. He is also currently past president of the Iowa Library Association.

Renee DiResta

Renée DiResta is Technical Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, an interdisciplinary program of research, teaching, and policy engagement for the study of abuse in today’s information technology. Renee investigates the spread of malicious narratives on social media and media. Her work examines the ways in which distinct types of actors leverage the information ecosystem to exert influence, from grassroots activists promoting health misinformation and conspiracy theories, to info ops. well-funded full-spectrum performed by state-sponsored actors.

Brooklyn Gipson

Brooklyne Gipson is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Gipson is an interdisciplinary researcher whose research areas include digital and social media environments, black feminist digital/technology studies, and the intersection of race, gender, social media, and power. Her work examines how social media platforms facilitate civic engagement within Black communities. Her current research takes an intersectional approach to analyzing how anti-Black discourses manifest in everyday discursive exchanges within Black social media spaces.

Mata Haggis-Burridge

Mata Haggis-Burridge is professor of creative games and entertainment at the University of Applied Sciences in Breda (BUas), where they have worked since 2010. They obtained their doctorate in literature in 2006. Their work focuses on content, creation and video game culture within the context of arts and commercial entertainment. Topics range from social impact (such as portraying diversity), methods of storytelling and creative expression, to detailed practical studies of content design, technology and implementation. Mata is also a writer of commercial video games, member of the video game committee of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, member of the steering committee of the Dutch platform “Kunst ≈ Onderzoek”, treasurer of Breda Game City and external expert of Creative Media Europe , among other roles.

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris is the Head of Teaching and Engagement at Emory University Libraries and has held the position since 2018. Previously, Sarah worked as an Assessment Librarian and First-Year Experience Librarian. Sarah received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin and also holds a Masters degree from the University of Chicago. Since 2016, Sarah has focused much of her research and teaching on disinformation, modern media ecosystems, the internet, and society. She has developed curriculum on these topics in partnership with the Mozilla Foundation, taught workshops and credited courses on misinformation, and provided professional development training for librarians on misinformation with the ACRL and Library Juice Academy. . Sarah has also edited a cookbook volume with ACRL on critical thinking skills, which was published in 2020, and the recent title SAGE Check this fact.

Rosalind Tedford

Rosalind Tedford is director of research and teaching at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. She has been teaching Information Literacy courses since 2003 and since 2016 has focused her teaching on helping people understand the misinformation and disinformation cycle online and how they can be better consumers of information. . She teaches credit courses to WFU students and has also taught numerous workshops and lifelong learning courses on the subject.

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