University of Colorado Boulder

Modes of Science Communication

This course is part of Designing Effective Science Communication Specialization

Taught in English

Melanie Peffer

Instructor: Melanie Peffer

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10 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Explain best practices for oral, written, technological, and artistic forms of science communication.

  • Apply principles of learning engineering to design effective forms of science communication.

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Flexible schedule
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There are 4 modules in this course

Welcome to course 3! In the first module, you will learn important considerations for effective oral presentations, including best practices for giving live, recorded, and virtual presentations. In addition, we will also cover best practices for creating visual supports (poster, PowerPoint slides) to help communicate your message during an oral presentation. We will also discuss best practices for media interviews.

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4 videos5 readings2 discussion prompts1 plugin

In this module, you will learn best practices for writing as a vehicle for science communication. Rather than focusing on grammar and general writing mechanics, this section will focus on how to effectively use the written form as a tool for science outreach, including how formal scientific writing varies from pieces for the general public.

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3 videos3 readings2 peer reviews1 discussion prompt

In this module, you will learn about technological forms of science communication outside traditional media (e.g. written or oral communication). In this module, we will discuss how science is communicated through various forms of educational technologies, including computer games, simulations, and social media. We will also briefly discuss learning analytics and their utility in understanding learning in technology-based environments.

What's included

4 videos1 reading2 discussion prompts

In this module, you will learn about the importance of artistic forms of science communication. The arts can serve as an important gateway between scientists and the rest of society making difficult or abstract concepts feel more personal and less intimidating. Here, we will talk about use of art, such as photography as well as music to help feel others connected to science topics.

What's included

4 videos8 readings2 peer reviews1 plugin

Instructor

Melanie Peffer
University of Colorado Boulder
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