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Course Overview

Explore how our differences of opinion can bring us closer together

On this course, you’ll explore ways to make the online world safe for everyone and learn how we can use technology to celebrate our differences online.

Can differences of opinion bring us closer together?

With fascinating insights and instruction from educators working in the fields of social media influencing, journalism, research and more, you’ll consider what our ‘differences’ really mean and how they should be respected online.

You’ll examine the concept of social media echo chambers and learn how they feed into our online conversations, before getting hands-on experience creating a social media platform that encourages differing ideas and dispels fake news.

How does bias affect technology?

Technology reflects the unconscious biases and prejudices we hold.

Week 1 

Covers what differences online look like, with topics including what is ‘different’, what is ‘normal’, bias in technology and how to have meaningful debates and conversations online.

Week 2 

Covers how important the right communication is, how to embrace differences in friendships and express yourself safely online.

This course is primarily designed for 18 to 25-year-olds interested in how technology can be used to help us respect our differences online.

However, the course will be useful for anyone who is interested in making positive social change through technology.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Reflect on your own differences and understand the importance of diversity online
  • Identify tangible actions that you can take to contribute to overcoming this problem
  • Develop practical skills on how to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, think critically and formulate a creative solution