Welcome to Week 4 where we will be looking at the theme of Communicating Ideas.

We’re doing something a little bit different for Thing 10, so rather than show you a new tool we’re going to talk about the often difficult nature of communicating research and complex ideas to audiences other than the academic community who may not have the same knowledge that you do. An integral part of any academic work, having the skills to communicate your subject area and what makes it interesting is important especially if you find yourself wanting to do public engagement and outreach.

We spoke with Cambridge University’s Ryan Cronin about his work with researchers and how he has translated specialist facts into something more accessible to a wide range of audiences. So, check out the podcast interview.

Podcast transcript

We also uploaded the podcast to audioBoom so you can check it out there too!

Thing 10 activities

Reflect on the podcast through writing a blog post. What points in the podcast were significant to your own work or your experience of research communication?

Do you think it is easy to communicate research? If so, why and if not, why not?

What is your existing skill set when it comes to communication research? What skills do you possibly want to develop in the future?

Thing 10 learning outcomes

You should be able to understand the skills behind effective research communication

You should be able to identify when information needs to be presenting differently for different audiences

You should have had the opportunity to think about communicating your own work

You should have reflected on Thing 10 through blogging

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