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Michigan Offering Free Online Teach-Out to Help Scientists, Experts Better Communicate Research

The University of Michigan has launched a Teach-Out Series, an open, online opportunity for global learners. One of the first sessions in the new series, Reach Out and RELATE: Communicating and Understand Scientific Research, will build skills and opportunities for scientists and non-scientists to share and discuss knowledge.

Everyone—non-scientists and scientists alike—has some form of expertise, but communicating across a gap in knowledge or experience is challenging. Experts from the University of Michigan, including Brian Zikmund-Fisher, associate professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health, will address this challenge by helping participants develop core communication skills and more effectively communicate with one another.

Participants will learn why science communication is both essential and fundamentally challenging. Experts in three broad areas of public engagement with science—Policy & Advocacy, Education & Outreach, and Science in the Media—will weigh in to share their knowledge.

Anyone with a STEM story to tell will have the opportunity to develop a better understanding of their audience, craft a clear message, weave a compelling story, and practice giving and receiving feedback on science communications. And all participants will be able to engage in a series of discussions addressing key issues in science communication.

Because the practice of science encourages dialogue, requires diverse perspectives, and has no political agenda, the university hopes this Teach-Out is a useful step in encouraging more science conversations between individuals and their local, national and global communities.

This teach-out begins May 5, 2017. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more and enroll here.

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