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- About You
- About You: Survey
- Welcome to The Basics of Science Communication
- Resources for the Course
- Course Workbook
- What is Science Communication?
- The Power of Science Communication
- The Six Key Elements of Science Communication
- Example: Health and Safety Poster
- Example: Poster Improvements
- QUIZ 1 Introduction
- QUIZ 1
- TASK 1 Introduction
- TASK 1 Worksheet
- TASK 1 Outline
- What, Why & Who: Overview
- Review of Task 1
- Element 1: What do You Want to Communicate?
- Example: Main Message and Aims
- Element 2: Identify Your Target Audience
- Example: Audiences
- Element 3: Develop a Clear Message (1)
- Element 3: Develop a Clear Message (2)
- Element 4: Balance Accuracy with a Good Story
- Tips for Getting Your Messages Right
- Element 5: Choose the Best Channels and Methods of Engagement
- Example: Channels
- TASK 2 Introduction
- TASK 2 Worksheet
- TASK 2 Outline
- Demonstrate Your Impact: Overview
- Review of Task 2
- Element 6: Evaluate the Impact of Your Communication
- Example: Evaluation Measures
- Communication versus Engagement
- Finding Ideas
- Get Connected and Keep Learning
- QUIZ 2 Introduction
- QUIZ 2
- Course Takeaways
- Course Completion
Anyone wanting to communicate science to non-experts in an effective way
Anyone wishing to understand the principles of science communication
Anyone interested in science and learning something new
Are there any course requirements?
Anyone is welcome to participate in this course and no prior science knowledge is required. Being a science communicator means you also have to identify the science you want to share, critique its quality in the context of other findings, know where to find quality information, what to draw together, and how to find the right story in the research. These aspects are not covered in this course. The Basics of Science Communication course assumes you already have your science information in place; that is, you have your findings, have already critiqued the evidence and are ready to share it with a wider audience.
How long will it take to complete the course?
The course takes approximately 7 hours to complete. But you can pause your learning at any time and pick up where you left off later to allow you to work at your own pace. By the end of the course we hope you’ll have gained the basic skills to feel more confident in your science communications, as well as be more successful.
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