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Mind Over Chatter



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Course Introduction

Mind Over Chatter contains materials and exercises for students to hone their skills navigating the post-truth era, as well as supportive materials for instructors who are disseminating the content. The goal for instructors is ultimately to create a forum where students can share their impressions of these concepts, come up with new examples and strategies, and question personal and societal assumptions from a variety of perspectives.

Funded with generous support from the Rita Allen Foundation and RTI International.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the modules, you will be able to:

  • Help students form an understanding of truth in a world full of complex information
  • Introduce students to elements of messaging, persuasion, and rhetoric
  • Explain the relationship between knowledge and trust of authorities
  • Present mere exposure effect, a psychological phenomenon that influences what we believe
  • Engage students in examining how our brains form and preserve understanding

Module Topics Include

  • Framing Effects
  • Paradox of Authority
  • Mere Exposure Effect
  • Confirmation Bias
  • Mindfulness, Media, and Misinformation
  • Mere Exposure Effect

Meet the Creators

Mark Canada, Ph.D., former journalist, is the co-author of the textbook Introduction to Information Literacy for STudents (Wiley, 2017) and is a frequent presenter on information literacy, "fake news," and the media.

Paul Cook, Ph.D., co-leads IU Kokomo's Digital Polarization Initiative, a project of AASCU's ADP, and serves as reviews editor for the interdisciplinary writing journal Across the Disciplines.

Polly Boruff-Jones, M.L.S., M.P.A., co-leads IU Kokomo's Digital Polarization Initiative, a project of AASCU's ADP and is a member of the "Mind Over Chatter" team.

Dr. Christina Downey's primary focus is on improving student success and reducing equity gaps in student performance across the campus.


Length: ~3 hours


Academic Affairs


Credit: Certificate


Audience: High school, college, and university educators

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