Oxford Sparks are also developing a series of courses and networking sessions for members of Oxford University that start in January 2014. For the 2013/14 academic year, these will be: -
Introduction to public engagement and communications
How to define different audiences; what kinds of media are appropriate to each; how you would plan to engage and communicate with them.
This course has now run, but a repeat session will be held during Trinity Term.
Translating research into a hands-on activity
Different learning styles and environments; structuring activities; planning workshop, including health and safety considerations; presentation styles.
This course will be tied in to the popular ‘Wow! How?’ museum’s event as a follow-up practical element.
The key features and techniques employed in creating and telling great stories, which form the basis of effective engagement and communication.
Social media for communicating science
What is online presence; how to start using social media to build an online presence from an academic point of view; how to maintain that presence.
These informal lunchtime events give attendees the opportunity to meet Oxford academics with strong experience in engagement and communications. You will be able to ask them questions and network with other colleagues interested in public engagement.
Confirmed speakers for Hilary Term 2014 are:
- Dr Cedric Tan, winer of several competitions including Dance your PhD - 27 January
- Professor Dorothy Bishop, regular Tweeter about developmental neuropsychology, with over 12,000 followers (@deevybee) – 4 February
- Dr Rob Simpson, author of the popular Orbiting Frog blog – 14 February.
Places can be booked by any graduate student or researchers in the University, but spaces are going fast …
- See more at: http://www.oxfordsparks.net/pe_training