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CCMTI 2019: Information Literacy and ‘Fake News’: The Search for Truth

More than 40 percent of visits to 65 fake news sites come from social media, compared to around 10 percent of visits to 690 top US news sites,”

– 2017 study by researchers from NYU and Stanford

Mark Smith

Are we living in a “post-truth” era in which feelings outweigh evidence, “alternative facts” take precedence, and “truth” is whatever we wish it to be? In the current climate, is fake news unavoidable? How can individuals, corporations, and governments confront this phenomenon? What are the broader implications of the dissemination of global disinformation regarding democracy, media, science, elections, religion, health care, trust in the government, climate change, identity, and bias?

This year’s two-day curriculum development workshop, held at the UW campus on July 11-12, 2019, focused on such relevant issues of “fake news”, disinformation, and media literacy, and explored a number of useful pedagogical methods, materials, and approaches for responding as a community of resourceful, dynamic educators. These topics were examined through a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives, including political science, economics, history, communications, information science, environmental studies, business, geography, sociology, and other frameworks. In total, 28 participants from 14 different community colleges in Washington State and Oregon gathered to learn how to incorporate various provocative ideas and insights into their existing curricula, develop practical activities to bring back to the classroom, and had several opportunities to network with new and existing colleagues.

Click here to read and download the CCMTI 2019 Resource Guide on Information Literacy and ‘Fake News’

2019 CCMTI speakers and topics included:

Tamara Leonard, Managing Director, UW Center for Global Studies: Community of Learners I and II

Mark A. Smith, UW Professor, Political Science: Keynote: Seeking Truth in a Post-Truth World

Jevin West, UW Assistant Professor, Information School: Reasoning About Data, Machines, and Deep Fakes

Eduardo Viana da Silva, UW Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese: Community of Learners III 

Jessica Albano, UW Communication Studies, Microform, & News Librarian Head, Government Publication, Map and Newspaper Collections: Truth or Truthiness? Incorporating Critical Thinking and Literacies into Your Curricula

Panel on Asia:  Shannon Bush, Managing Director, UW Southeast Asia Center; Paul Carrington, Managing Director, UW East Asia Center; Sam Ostroff, UW South Asia Center

Jere Bacharach, Professor Emeritus, UW Department of History; David Fenner, Lecturer, UW Jackson School of International Studies: Cautionary Tales: Media After the Arab Spring

“Thanks to the Jackson School of International Studies and Center for a Global Studies for hosting CCMTI 2019. It was by far the most relevant, helpful, and interesting professional development institute I have participated in during my decade and a half of teaching.”  -CCMTI participant

Educators present at this year’s CCMTI represented the following institutions:

Cascadia College; Edmonds Community College; Everett Community College; Grays Harbor College; Green River Community College; Lane Community College; Olympic College; Pierce College; Portland Community College; Seattle Central College; Skagit Valley College; South Puget Sound Community College; Tacoma Community College; and Whatcom Community College

About the Community College Master Teacher Institute

“A terrific project for an often overlooked education sector (community colleges). There are few to no other opportunities like this for community college professors.” – CCMTI Participant

The Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI) is a two-day training for community college instructors organized by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington. Founded in 2003 by Tamara Leonard, Managing Director of the Center for Global Studies, the goal of CCMTI is to build the capacity of community college instructors to teach about international affairs, and in turn through the classes these instructors teach, increase community college students’ knowledge and understanding of global issues. The Institute aims to meet this objective in four ways: helping instructors become familiar with the topic; encouraging instructors to incorporate topics into new and existing courses; providing instructional resources for use both inside and outside the classroom; and fostering a resource network of community college educators within and beyond Washington State. The Institute brings together a vast network of dedicated professors, educators, researchers, and practitioners to share in the training and offer their expertise on the chosen subject.

Past CCMTI Workshops

CCMTI 2018: Global Populism- At Home and Abroad

Last year’s CCMTI workshop was held July 12-13, 2018 at the UW campus. Community college professors engaged in two days of discussions and lectures with UW faculty, graduate students, and practitioners on that year’s topic – Global Populisms.

CCMTI 2017: Global Human Security, A Multidisciplinary Perspective  

“With the end of the Cold War a new and broader concept of security has emerged, one no longer characterized by the defense of the borders of our countries from clear and predictable security threats but rather, one characterized by multifaceted and multidimensional security challenges and threats that are more difficult to predict.

This broader approach to security recognizes the importance of political, economic, social and environmental factors, in addition to the indispensable defense dimension. The consequence is therefore that international security and stability depend on political, economic, social, and environmental elements, alongside military aspects.”

                            – His Excellency the Honorable Franco Frattini at the 29th International  Workshop on Global Security.

Emerging cyber security threats, global warming, chronic and persistent poverty, human trafficking, health pandemics, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, failed states and non-state actors, and international terrorism – these are just a few of the critical challenges facing us today.

This year’s two day curriculum development workshop focused on these issues and how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community.  Community College educators examined global human security through the disciplinary perspectives of economics, communications, anthropology, environmental studies, business, geography, cultural studies, sociology, and other frameworks. Educators learned how to incorporate these topics into existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues. University of Washington and community college faculty, practitioners, and graduate students lead the two day workshop.

CCMTI 2016: Global Tourism Institute HighlightCrispin Thurlow presents at CCMTI

The 2016 CCMTI marked yet another successful institute, bringing together 24 competitively selected community college instructors from Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The topic was Global Tourism and sparked conversations from economic, environmental, anthropological, and sociological frameworks. Keynote speaker Crispin Thurlow (left) delivered an inspiring and engaging presentation on the tourism, globalization, communities and sustainability for the start of the 2016 CCMTI.

Read more about the 2016 CCMTI in the featured Jackson School event profile:

Past Institute Themes

2016 Global Tourism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

2015 Human Migration & Refugees: Peril and Hope

2014 Global Development & Changing Gender Roles

2013 At the Crossroads: Climate Change, the Environment, and Social Justice

2012 Global Education for a Sustainable Future

2011 Social Media and Social Change

2010 Global Human Security

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