Funded through the NSF Convergence Accelerator program, DART is a cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional, user-centered effort to develop engaging, effective, gamified tools to build resilience to disinformation in older adults.
The overarching goal of our DART project is the development of a research/educational platform with integrated digital tools, advanced pedagogical techniques, and timely materials to increase disinformation awareness and improve resilience, to inoculate users against the impact of harmful disinformation, and prevent its spread.
Online deception disproportionately target seniors to disastrous effect. The Deception Awareness and Resilience Training (DART) platform helps seniors recognize threats and protect themselves. A collaboration between researchers, game designers, and community organizations, DART is unique in tailoring its curriculum and using gamification to make training accessible and engaging for seniors.
The primary objectives of our proposed project are to:
The DART platform is an unprecedented transdisciplinary effort to improve user awareness and build their resilience to deception in social media. Our project is distinctive in its integration of a breadth of research fields and methods into a convergent research approach to knowledge creation and problem-solving in collaboration with community partners. DART is designed for joined social experiences and learning, distinguishing it from existing gamified platforms and cyber ranges and allowing us to take full advantage of our team’s expertise in both STEM and non-STEM fields. It also helps us establish meaningful collaborations with a range of partners and facilitate optimal integration with flexibility built-in for further growth and reach into additional areas and community partnerships.
DART is also a unique research platform that can serve as a valuable observation desk and data-gathering tool for the study of the harmful effects of deception in our social media ecosystem. We expect that it will enable researchers from a wide range of fields develop comprehensive methods and strategies to improve the user awareness and resilience of diverse demographics and groups, especially in underserved communities.
|Description ||Date ||Status|
|Strategic Visioning Symposium ||Nov. 12, 2021 ||Done|
|Task Forces Formed||Nov. 2021||Done |
|First-round User Interviews ||Jan. 2022||Done|
|Phase 2 Proposal Team formed||Feb. 2022||Done|
|Second-round User Interviews||March 2022||Done|
|Low-fi prototype for user feedback||May 2022||Done|
|Phase II Proposal due||May 2022||Done|
|Phase II Pitch||June 2022||Done|
|Final low-fi prototype for user feedback ||June 2022||Done|
|Convergence Accelerator Expo||July 27-28, 2022||Ready!|