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Course curriculum

Module's for this course will be released at scheduled intervals. The first module will be released on 20 July.

  • 1

    Introduction to Science Communications

    • Welcome! Why should you take this course?

    • What is science communication?

    • History of science communication

    • Science behind science communication

  • 2


    • Storytelling strategies (i.e.: hero’s journey) and the power of stories

    • ABT

    • Identify your audience, identifying your main message

  • 3


    • How organizing content emphasizes your message

    • Storyboarding content to develop your product

    • Project Management for creative products

  • 4

    Color, Layout, and Design

    • Color theory basics

    • Applying color theory

    • Balancing space/content

    • Typography

  • 5

    Data visualization

    • Introduction to data viz

    • Principles of effective data visualization

    • Redesigning graphs, charts

  • 6

    SciComm Products

    • Effective use of photos, videos, maps

    • Using symbols in science communication

    • What are conceptual diagrams?

    • Building your own diagram

  • 7

    Special topics: Presentations and Posters

    • Building presentations, tips for presenting

    • Posters

  • 8

    Final assessment

    • Final assessment

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Prof Bill Dennison

Bill leads the Integration and Application Network, a collection of scientists interested in solving, not just studying, environmental problems. He is actively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program, USA and had an active role in the Healthy Waterways Campaign of South-East Queensland, Australia. In his current role as Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, his focus is on developing ways to effectively communicate science and to create credible and rigorous environmental report cards.

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