University of Colorado Boulder
The Harder Side of Science Communication
University of Colorado Boulder

The Harder Side 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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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

Recommended experience

6 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Describe the field of the learning sciences.

  • Describe and compare different theoretical frameworks for explaining human learning.

  • Explain the relationship between cognitive biases and why people fall for mis/disinformation.

  • Describe the process of motivational interviewing and its utility in science communication.

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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

Recommended experience

6 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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There are 4 modules in this course

In this module, you will learn about the learning sciences. You will also discuss the methods used by learning scientists to generate evidence on how people learn.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz1 plugin

In this module, you will learn about four major theoretical frames for describing human learning. This includes cognitive theories of learning, contextual theories of learning, social cognitive theories and behaviorism.

What's included

4 videos4 readings1 quiz

In this module you will explore cognitive phenomena such as epistemic cognition, cognitive biases, and motivated reasoning. You will also discuss strategies for designing science communication activities that will help mitigate the influence of bias.

What's included

4 videos6 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module, you will learn about learning engineering. You will also have a chance to try learning engineering for yourself and either design or re-design a science communication activity using the principles from this course.

What's included

2 videos4 readings1 peer review

Instructor

Melanie Peffer
University of Colorado Boulder
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