University College of the North Professor to Participate in Online Misinformation Workshop

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by ahnationtalk on February 10, 202031 Views

(The Pas, MB) – Dr. Joseph Atoyebi, Assistant Professor, UCN Faculty of Arts, Business and Science, will be collaborating with a select group of expert researchers from major Canadian universities in the summer, 2020 on the topic of online misinformation. The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore how to combat online misinformation from a transdisciplinary perspective. The workshop is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Prof. Jaigris Hodson of Royal Road University, Victoria, BC is the project lead. The workshop will gather experts from across Canada whose work brings different geographical, sectoral, cultural and disciplinary perspectives to the issue of information design and/or misinformation. The workshop will provide a space where participants can identify how their own work might approach the problem of misinformation, learn from others tackling this topic from different angles and mobilize knowledge about misinformation and information design that can be used by professional, public sector, or educational stakeholders beyond the workshop.

“I am so pleased that Dr. Atoyebi will be representing UCN at this critical workshop, his knowledge in this area is informed by Northern and Indigenous philosophies, an essential perspective for this work”, Dean Harvey Briggs, UCN Faculty of Arts, Business and Science.

The workshop will be held in August 2020 and is designed for a variety of outputs including a policy paper, open curriculum, professional development materials from the findings as well as a strengthened working group that can grow cross‐Canada collaborations on this issue.

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.


CONTACT: Monte Koshel

UCN Director of Communications / 204.627.8244


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