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MIT 5.95J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering
This participatory seminar focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching science and engineering in higher education. It is designed for graduate students interested in an academic career, and anyone else interested in teaching. Students research and present a relevant topic of particular interest. The subject is appropriate for both novices and those with teaching experience.
teaching  course  video-lectures 
9 hours ago by doneata
Media Source, Selective Exposure, and Susceptibility to False Information by Katherine Clayton, Jase Davis, Kristen Hinckley, Yusaku Horiuchi :: SSRN
We investigate citizens' perceptions of ideological bias in the media and their selective exposure to ideologically congenial sources when the news contains false information. In a survey experiment, we presented study participants with a news article excerpt that varied by source shown (CNN, Fox News, or no source) and content (true or false information). We then measured the participants' perceived accuracy of the information and their interest in reading the rest of the article. We find that while the effects of news source are mixed, information content has consistently large effects. Contrary to the common claim that American people have low confidence in the media, they tend to believe news stories irrespective of their source and of whether they contain false information. They also tend to exhibit a stronger interest in reading more when the article excerpt provides false -- and more surprising -- information, regardless of source.

-- summaries are predictive of individual trust in news.
political_psychology  misinformation  fact_checking  news_media  via:nyhan  dmce  teaching 
12 hours ago by rvenkat
The Cookie Crumbles: A Retracted Study Points to a Larger Truth - The New York Times
189; Brian Wansink is the same guy about whom I have another article stored where he wrote a blogpost asking his researchers to find other patterns in the data other than the original hypothesis they started out with. This might be a good pairing for "experimental crisis" articles -- though of course we want to make sure that we don't just blame "p-hacking". Could be paired with the big Amy Cuddy article.
teaching 
13 hours ago by scritic
Team Building Games
Includes:
Cup and String
Candy Arm Wrestle
Activator

Marshmallow Tower
teaching  kindness 
yesterday by snail
The Brexit Botnet and User-Generated Hyperpartisan NewsSocial Science Computer Review - Marco T. Bastos, Dan Mercea, 2017
In this article, we uncover a network of Twitterbots comprising 13,493 accounts that tweeted the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, only to disappear from Twitter shortly after the ballot. We compare active users to this set of political bots with respect to temporal tweeting behavior, the size and speed of retweet cascades, and the composition of their retweet cascades (user-to-bot vs. bot-to-bot) to evidence strategies for bot deployment. Our results move forward the analysis of political bots by showing that Twitterbots can be effective at rapidly generating small- to medium-sized cascades; that the retweeted content comprises user-generated hyperpartisan news, which is not strictly fake news, but whose shelf life is remarkably short; and, finally, that a botnet may be organized in specialized tiers or clusters dedicated to replicating either active users or content generated by other bots.

a dilute version here

https://www.city.ac.uk/news/2017/october/13,500-strong-twitterbot-army-disappeared-shortly-after-eu-referendum,-research-reveals

and here

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamesball/a-suspected-network-of-13000-twitter-bots-pumped-out-pro?utm_term=.sdR6KZ1BOr
bots  european_politics  artificial_intelligence  social_media  social_networks  twitter  public_opinion  public_sphere  cybersecurity  international_affairs  via:henryfarrell  networks  teaching 
yesterday by rvenkat
The Politics of Selecting the Bench from the Bar: The Legal Profession and Partisan Incentives to Introduce Ideology Into Judicial Selection
Using a new dataset that captures the ideological positioning of nearly half a million U.S. judges and lawyers who have made campaign contributions, we present evidence showing how ideology affects the selection of U.S. judges across the state and federal judicial hierarchies. We document that the higher the court, the more it deviates ideologically from the overall population of attorneys, suggesting an even stronger role of ideology in judicial selection. We show similarly stronger findings in jurisdictions where judges are selected via political appointments or through partisan elections. Our findings therefore suggest that ideology is an important component of judicial selection primarily when (1) doing so leads to expected benefits to political parties, (2) when the jurisdiction’s selection process affords them the opportunity to do so, and (3) when it concerns the most important courts. The study is the first to provide a direct ideological comparison across tiers of the judiciary and between judges and lawyers and to document how—and why— American courts are politicized.
law  legal_system  united_states_of_america  polarization  data  political_science  via:nyhan  dmce  teaching 
yesterday by rvenkat

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