Director of Blended and Networked Learning
Washington State University
Mike Caulfield’s Twitter profile states he is “radically rethinking how digital information literacy is taught.” He has had a lot of experience doing just that, from his early experimentation with educational wikis to his 5,000-member online community, Blue Hampshire. He took his interests in civic media to positions as an instructional designer at Keene State College and as the director of community outreach for the OpenCourseWare Consortium at MIT before becoming a national figure in promoting a practical and effective approach to digital literacy. Currently, Mike is the director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University Vancouver, and directs the Digital Polarization Initiative (Digipo), a cross-institutional initiative to improve civic discourse by developing web literacy skills in college undergraduates as part of the American Democracy Project. Digipo has reached thousands of students through Mike's collaboration with both faculty in its formal nine-school, 50+ sections institutional pilot and through the use of its materials at hundreds of other institutions.