Publications and Public Courseware

Public Courseware

Caulfield, M., Lyvteyenko, J, Ctrl-F: Find the Facts. CIVIX. (2020). Mini-course sequence of videos, activities, and teach materials produced with Canadian non-profit CIVIX, as part of program currently rolling out to hundreds of Canadian primary and secondary schools. Funded by Department of Canadian Heritage, and currently being assessed for student impact. Post-production by Ramshackle Pictures. Released May 2020.

Caulfield, M. Infodemic. Sifting through the Pandemic. Short public mini-course in applying the SIFT method to COVID-19 misinformation. Initially created in February 2020 as part of subgrant with the National Writing Project to bring a current issue into high school classrooms for student fact-checking, the site has received favorable mentions from Politifact and the New York Times. Released February 2020. 

Caulfield, M. Check, Please! Starter Course. Produced as part of work funded by the Misinformation Solutions Forum runner-up award, the course, designed so that it can be forked, modified, and updated by any teacher, solidified the SIFT method and is now widely used by university libraries to teach digital information literacy.  Released February 2019.

Caulfield, M.  Online Verification Skills with Mike Caulfield. Initial work with CIVIX as part of their Newswise project. Four-video sequence on the basics of the SIFT method, with post-production by Ramshackle Pictures. Released June 2018.

Caulfield, M. Introduction to Digital Literacy and Citizen Fact-Checking. Canvas course, complete with teacher guide and assessments produced in support of AASCU’s ten institution pilot of what was then called the “Four Moves” approach (later SIFT).  Internal assessments showed marked pre/post-test improvements as did an independent CUNY Staten Island assessment. Released under CC BY license. Disseminated internally 2017, released into Canvas Commons in January 2018.

Caulfield, M. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. Course text showing basic web skills for source and claim verification online. Originally developed to support AASCU’s Digital Polarization Initiative, but released under open license in February 2017 through PressBooks. Winner of the MERLOT award for best open learning resource in the ICT category, 2017.


Brodsky, J. E., Brooks, P. J., Scimeca, D., Galati, P., Todorova, R., & Caulfield, M. (2021). Associations Between Online Instruction in Lateral Reading Strategies and Fact-Checking COVID-19 News Among College Students. AERA Open.

Center for an Informed Public, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Graphika, & Stanford Internet Observatory (2021). The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election

Brodsky, J.E., Brooks, P.J., Scimeca, D. et al. (2021) Improving college students’ fact-checking strategies through lateral reading instruction in a general education civics course. Cogn. Research 6, 23. 

Caulfield, M. (2020) Nieman Lab. 2021’s misinformation will look a lot like 2020’s (and 2019’s, and…)

Center for an Informed Public & Stanford Internet Observatory (2020). Uncertainty and Misinformation: What to Expect on Election Night and Days After 

Center for an Informed Public & Stanford Internet Observatory (2020). Emerging Narratives Around ‘Mail Dumping’ and Election Integrity

Center for an Informed Public & Stanford Internet Observatory (2020).  Left-Leaning Influencers, ‘Mainstream’ Media Play Big Role in Amplifying ‘Army for Trump’ Fears.

Center for an Informed Public & Stanford Internet Observatory (2020). Foreign vs Domestic: An Examination of Amplification in a Ballot Misinformation Story 

Caulfield, M. (2020) NiemanLab. Ctrl-F: Helping make networks more resilient against misinformation can be as simple as two fingers

Caulfield, M. (2019) NiemanLab. Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd

Caulfield, M. (2018) NiemanLab. Ditch the media literacy cynicism and get to work

Caulfield, M. (2018). Heuristics for the Online Curator. Curbing the Spread of Misinformation: Insights, Innovations, and Interpretations From the Misinformation Solutions Forum. RTI Press.

Caulfield, M. (2018). For Online Media Literacy That Works, Speed and Ease Matters. Trust, Media, and Democracy. Knight Foundation.  

Caulfield, M (2017).  Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Caulfield, M. (2017). Info-environmentalism: An introduction. EDUCAUSE Review. EDUCAUSE.

Caulfield, M. (2017). Can Higher Education Save the Web? EDUCAUSE Review. EDUCAUSE.

Caulfield, M., Collier, A., and Halawa, S. (2013). Rethinking Online Community in MOOCs Used for Blended Learning. EDUCAUSE Review. EDUCAUSE.

Caulfield, M. Designing Open Materials Intentionally for the Blended Classroom. EDUCAUSE Review. EDUCAUSE.

Caulfield, M. (2010). eCitizenship, Empowerment, and Rights. AASCU’s American Democracy Project. American Association of State Colleges and Universities.


Teaching Truth and Trust in an Era of Digital Dissensus. Invited presentation. Writing Intensive Curriculum Program. Oregon State University. January 2021.

CTRL-F: Find the Facts Educator Workshop. Nine 2-hour sessions across seven months. CIVIX. August 2020 – Feb 2021.

Digital Dissensus: Discovering Truth in an Era of Misinformation. Invited presentation. Race, Equity, and Engaged Citizenship Speaker Series. Washington State University Tri-Cities. October 2020.

SIFTing Through Trends in Election Misinformation. Invited presentation. NWP CoLab series. National Writing Project. October 2020.

The Parable of the Lake, or, the Importance of Critical Context. Presentation. 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting. AASCU/NASPA. September 2020.

Integrating Civic Digital Literacies into the Curriculum. Invited presentation. Endicott College. September 2020. 

Better Synchronous Online. REMOTE: The connected faculty summit. Invited presentation. July 2020. Arizona State University. 

Sifting Through the Outbreak: Information Literacy in the Time of COVID-19. Workshop. Partners in Science. Murdock Charitable Trust. July 2020. 

Attention Is the Scarcity: A new approach to civic digital literacy.  Plenary session. Compact20: The Promise of Full Participation: Democracy, opportunity and voice. Virtual. March 2020.

Teaching with SIFT. Workshop. National Writing Project. Dallas, TX. February 2020.

Reclaiming Context. Keynote. Academic Tech Expo 2020. Oklahoma State University. Norman, OK. January 2020.

Misinformation and Critical Reasoning: new challenges and new approaches. Keynote. Faculty development day. Trinity College. Hartford, CT. January 2020.

“Zooming Out”: What educators should learn about (and from) misinformation. Keynote. Virtual Exchange Conference. IVEC. Tacoma, Washington. October 2019.

How to run Digipo in (and out of) your classroom. Invited Workshop. Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting. AASCU/NASPA. July 2019.

Hoaxes, Clickbait, and Conspiracies: What’s the Harm? Workshop. AASCU Winter Conference. Amelia Island, FL. February 2019. 

Teaching Online Information Literacy to High School Students. Workshop. CIVIX event. CIVIX. Vancouver, British Columbia. February 2019.

Digital-First Information Literacy: What it is, and why we need it now. Invited presentation. EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2018. Philadelphia, PA. November 2018.

Citizen Fact-Checking in the Digital Age. Keynote. Civic Engagement Conference. Weber State University. Ogden, UT. November 2018.

Web literacy workshop. Full day workshop and planning session for Tarleton State University. October 2018.

Let me fact-check that for you. Misinformation Solutions Workshop. Invited presentation with Scott Waterman. RTI International/Rita Allen. Washington, DC. October 2018.

You Can’t Change the Feeling (but you can change feeling about the feeling in a second or two). Keynote. Mindfulness, Media, and Misinformation in the Digital Era. Indiana University at Kokomo. Kokomo, IN. September 2018. 

Using the “Check, Please!” Curriculum. Workshop. Mindfulness, Media, and Misinformation in the Digital Era. Indiana University at Kokomo. Kokomo, IN. September 2018. 

Four Moves and a Habit for 90 Second Fact-Checking. Invited Presentation. OLC Innovate. Online Learning Consortium. Denver, CO. July 2018. 

Can you spot a fake? NIFCA Speaker Series. Invited presentation. North Island College. Comox, British Columbia. June 2018.

Web literacy workshop. NIFCA Speaker Series. Workshop. North Island College. Comox, British Columbia. June 2018.

The Digital Polarization Initiative: An Open Project. Keynote. SUNY Oneonta OER Workshop. SUNY Oneonta. Oneonta, NY. February 2018.

Building Web Literacy through Collaborative Annotation and Fact Checking. Presentation with Jeremy Dean, Lee Skallerup-Basette, and Jon Udell. EDUCAUSE Annual Conference. EDUCAUSE. Philadelphia, PA. November 2017,

Six Traps of Online Information Literacy (and a few solutions). Workshop. ETUG 2017. October 2017.

What sort of education works to fight misinformation? Keynote. ETUG 2017. Vancouver, British Columbia. October 2017.

The Digital Polarization Initiative: an info-environmentalism project. Presentation, Open Education Conference. Anaheim, CA. October 2017.

Collaboration and Control: Building the New Collaborative Web. Keynote. CALICon17. Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. June 2017.

Annotation as Fabric: Weaving Information Across the Web. Panel with Anita Bandrowski, Maryann Martone, Beth Ruedi, and Jon Udell. iAnnotate. San Francisco, CA. May 2017.

Annotation in Journalism and Fact-Checking. Panel with Ed Bice, Stefan Candea, Wesley Lindamood, Emmanuel Vincent.  iAnnotate. San Francisco, CA. May 2017.

Teaching Digital Literacy in a “Post-Truth” World. Invited Presentation. University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA. March 2017.

DPI Faculty Workshop series. Virtual workshop. Four session faculty workshop series offered to American Democracy Project members. Spring/Summer 2017.

Myths of Information Literacy. AASCU Winter Meeting. Short Plenary.  San Diego, CA. February 2017. 

New Directions in Open Education. Keynote. Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium. Metropolitan State University. Denver, CO. October 2016.

Building Open Educational Resources for Proliferation. Invited Presentation. Building Bridges Conference. Spokane, WA. July 2016.

The Garden and the Stream: A techno-pastoral. Keynote. LINK Conference. Stanford University. November 2015.

Federated Education: New models of cooperation and learning in education. Keynote. 2014 Instructional Technology Roundtable. NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium. Portland, OR. November 2014.

Design Patterns and Instructional Design. Keynote. NWeLearn 2014. Boise, ID. October 2014. 

Quantitative Reasoning: 21st century approaches to a 21st century skill. Workshop with Becca Berkey and Andreas Broscheid. POD Network Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. October 2012. 

Assessing the Outcomes of the American Democracy Project on Campus. Presentation and discussion with Kim Schmidl-Gagne. American Democracy Project Annual Conference. AASCU. San Antonio, TX. June 2012. 

Critical Thinking: Why it is so hard to teach and what we can do about it. Invited workshop. NELIG Spring Meeting.  New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG). Keene, NH. March 2012.

Open Education and Citizenship. Presentation with Jim Groom. ELI Annual Meeting 2011: Educating in the Open. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. Washington, D.C. February 2011.

Critical Consumption and eCitizenship in Classroom Activities. Presentation with Patrick Dolenc and Stephen George. American Democracy Project Annual Conference. AASCU. Orlando, FL. June 2011. 

The Future of Teaching & Learning. Keynote. Academic Technology Institute. University System of New Hampshire. Conway, NH. June 2011.

eCitizenship and Student Empowerment at Keene State. Presentation with Mel Netzhammer and Therese Seibert. eCitizenship Institute. Wayne State College. Detroit, MI. November 2010.

Essentials of Online Activism. Workshop. Working Families Win. Keene, NH. September 2010. 

We Are All The Pretender Now: Learning in an age of just-in-time information. Plenary. UMW Faculty Academy. University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA. May 2010.

Building a State-Level Online Political Community: The Blue Hampshire experience. Panel with Laura Clawson and Dean Barker. YearlyKos 2007. Chicago, IL. August 2007.


WSU Administrative Professional Contribution Award, 2020. One of five awardees of this award, which honors administrative professionals “who have made exceptional contributions to Washington State University and their respective areas or units.” April 2020.

Misinformation Solutions Forum Prize, Runner-up. RTI International/Rita Allen. November 2018

MERLOT prize. Best work of 2017, ICT category: Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. July 2018.

Brandon Hall Award, Silver. Category: Custom Content, Use of Media for eLearning. Awarded for project with Cognitive Arts. July 2003.