SCOPE (Science Communication Online Programme) is an introduction to effective science communication designed for STEM graduate students. This NSF-funded resource is free and created for those who don’t have access to live, in-person science communication training. SCOPE was created by expert science communicators and educators, who each designed a module within the course.
- Sadie Witkowski – Introductory Materials and Project Coordinator
- Kevin Grazier – Audience Awareness and Analysis
- Mónica Feliú-Mójer – Speaking and Writing Without Jargon
- Jenny Cutraro – From the Lab to the Layperson
- Barbara Shwom – Taking a Rhetorical Approach
- Paula Croxson – Scientific Storytelling
- Janet Iwasa, Shraddha Nayak, and Grace Hsu – Communicating Visually
- Carolyn Hall – Skillful Presentations and Stage Presence
The course is asynchronous with recorded videos, discussion boards, peer-feedback, and reading assignments. Each week of the program a new module opens, requiring approximately 2 hours to complete.
Participants in this course will:
- Practice creating data visualization based on graphic design principles
- Discuss the importance of forming a clear rhetorical argument and persuasive story in writing or speech
- Learn to identify their audience and adapt their research story to suit that group
- Discover how science journalism, university press office, and researchers fit different roles in science communication
- Develop their speaking and presentation skills