Objective: Students start to learn how to effectively talk about their research to non-scientists.
Main activity: Role-playing exercises that ask students to talk about their work in different contexts.
Objective: Students develop an appreciation for strategies that work well for communicating with general audiences.
Homework: Students bring one example of good or bad writing (1-2 pages) targeted at a general audience. We send out a TED video that everyone watches before coming. We each bring copies of a short piece of writing for the general public.
Main activity: Discussion about what works well and what doesn’t work well in communications towards a general audience.
Main activity: Students perform, share and edit freewrites.
Homework: Bring a 300-500 word draft of an essay describing your research to the general public
Main activity: Peer-review of drafts
Developed by Kenyon College faculty with support from the GLCA New Directions Initiative and the Kenyon
College Provost’s Office.