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Project 124

Challenge Question

How can we best provide fact-checking for social media?

Partner: PIP* University Women's Club

*PIP Partner Intensive Project: This project has goals and parameters that are driven by the designated project partner. It is expected that the student team will work closely with the partner and engage in regular, synchronous collaboration throughout the duration of the course.

Project Summary

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In this time of “fake news” and access to information, what are the current challenges of relying on social media as an academic resource? How can a student or researcher determine whether information being shared on social media platforms is accurate and reliable? What is the impact of social media within academia? Social media can be a powerful tool to raise awareness and create change. It can be used to generate ideas and map trends. How could social media be used in a positive way to expand learning opportunities? How might social media be utilized to provide more equity within the higher education system? How could attitudes and biases about social media be addressed?

The research team for this project will attempt to answer these (and possibly other) questions by researching contemporary issues related to social media as an academic resource. The research team may be composed of individuals with interests or specializations in political science, information science, computer science, digital media, communication & media studies, and education.

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Organizational Profile

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Founded in 1951, The University Women’s Club of North York is a thriving club with over 200 members who represent a wide variety of interests, disciplines, and professional achievements. The club advocates for a number of causes, including the improvement of the status of women, solutions to gender-based violence, human rights, the pursuit of knowledge and education, long-term care reform, guaranteed basic income, housing, gun control, early learning, and childcare. UWCNY raises funds for local, national, and international charities, raising over $12,000 for various causes and awarding $17,000 in women’s scholarships in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Key Words

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  • Information
  • Media
  • Communication

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