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Friday, November 5 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Arguing in the comments: Using social media interactions to teach the rhetoric of research

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One of the more basic pieces of advice on the internet is to “never read the comments.” But, the comments are where complex ideas and positions are argued and negotiated. When approached from a pedagogical perspective, the comments sections on news articles can offer a wealth of real-life examples of source evaluation and provide learners with a familiar, tangible proving ground for negotiating meaning. This presentation describes and explains a strategy for using real-world social media interactions as an entry-point for teaching the intricacies of source evaluation. As this presentation will demonstrate, from Facebook to TikTok and beyond, social media interactions can provide an ideal environment for studying the ethos, pathos, and logos of information evaluation.

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Lane Wilkinson

Director of Research & Instruction, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Friday November 5, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT