The Misinformation Pandemic: Who Can You Trust?
Thursday, September 16, 2021 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Do you suffer from misinformation overload? Learn tools and techniques for evaluating the credibility of what you read online. Be a better digital citizen! Join us for "The Misinformation Pandemic: Who Can You Trust?" a workshop that looks at the swirl of news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attendees will practice techniques for evaluating the credibility of news stories and learn about some of the technology that impacts daily information consumption. By the end of the session, we hope attendees will feel more confident in their ability to judge the reliability of news reports. This event is open to all LMU students.
Raising the Bar: Understanding Data Visualization
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Reading charts and infographics is part of everyday life, yet telling a story with data can be tricky. Luckily, data visualization is a skill that everyone can learn! Data visualization is the practice of translating information into a visual context, helping humans understand complex concepts and making it easier to identify patterns and uncover insights. In this workshop, learn the basics of designing data visualizations, selecting appropriate graph styles, and how to identify misleading data visuals. This event is open to all LMU students.
Rise Against the Machines: Understanding Algorithmic Bias
Wednesday, November, 10, 2021 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Algorithms are everywhere in our daily life. Amazon makes recommendations for books. Netflix recommends movies. News and trending stories appear on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Algorithms determine what information we see, and in what order. This includes search engines like Google, Google Scholar, and library databases. A 2012 survey from Pew Research Center found that 66% of people believed that search engines were “fair and unbiased.” But are they? Algorithms are designed by humans and therefore reflect the assumptions and biases of their designers. Algorithms are not neutral but this does not mean they are not useful tools for research. It helps to know their limitations and biases. In this workshop, you will learn how algorithms can perpetuate bias and discrimination and how to critically evaluate your search results. This event is open to all LMU students.