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Davidson Now: Taking the Toxicity Out of a Social Media Society

From tweetstorms to troll farms, social media has become deeply polarized; a force that is frequently unpleasant and may even pose a threat to democracy.

But all is not lost. On Feb. 12, Davidson College will launch "Engagement in a Time of Polarization," a free, two-week online course that will engage learners in a conversation about active, effective collaboration in a divisive media ecosystem. Register now.

Students will:

  • Learn about historical models for creating an informed, engaged citizenry from professors Bonnie Stewart, of the University of Prince Edward Island, and Natalie Delia Deckard, of Davidson College;
  • Evaluate the implications of polarization–and participatory engagement–for educators, government and media; and
  • Participate in real-time discussions with leading voices in media literacy, disinformation and polarization.

This is the third class from Davidson Now, a digital learning series from Davidson College on Davidson Now offered its inaugural course on "U.S. Voting Access and Fraud" before the U.S. election in November 2016. "The Story of Fake News," the second course, ran in March 2017.

Davidson Now is designed to explore critical issues and engage participants in meaningful discussions.

The two-week course requires approximately two to four hours per week to complete, depending on how much participants want to do. Students can work through the course material at their own pace–and interact with learners from around the world.

Register for "Engagement in a Time of Polarization." Direct questions about the course to or @DavidsonNow.

Jay Pfeifer