making science communication a conversation

RELATE is proud to announce it's latest project: A University of Michigan Teach-Out!

RELATE is proud to announce that we are partnering with the University of Michigan's Office of Academic Innovation and edX to host an event in a new series of Teach-Outs.

A Teach-Out is:

  • an event – it takes place over a fixed, short period of time

  • an opportunity – it is open for free participation to everyone around the world

  • a community – it will be joined by a large number of diverse individuals

  • a conversation – an opportunity to give and take ideas and information from people

The University of Michigan Teach-Out Series provides just-in-time community learning events for participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community, including faculty experts. The U-M Teach-Out Series is part of our deep commitment to engage the public in exploring and understanding the problems, events, and phenomena most important to society.

Teach-Outs are short learning experiences, each focused on a specific current issue. Attendees will come together over a few days not only to learn about a subject or event but also to gain skills. Teach-Outs are open to the world and are designed to bring together individuals with wide-ranging perspectives in respectful and deep conversation. These events are an opportunity for diverse learners and a multitude of experts to come together to ask questions of one another and explore new solutions to the pressing concerns of our global community. Come, join the conversation!

Reach Out and RELATE: Communicating and Understanding Scientific Research

Everyone - non-scientists and scientists alike - has some form of expertise, but communicating across a gap in knowledge or experience is challenging. In this Teach-Out, we address this challenge by helping participants to develop core communication skills and more effectively communicate with one another.

Participants will learn why science communication is both essential and fundamentally challenging. Experts in three broad areas of public engagement with science - Policy & Advocacy, Education & Outreach, and Science in the Media - will weigh in to share their knowledge. Anyone with a STEM story to tell will have the opportunity to develop a better understanding of their audience, craft a clear message, weave a compelling story, and practice giving and receiving feedback on science communications. And all participants will be able to engage in a series of discussions addressing key issues in science communication.

Because the practice of science encourages dialogue, requires diverse perspectives, and has no political agenda, we hope this Teach-Out is a useful step in encouraging more science conversations between individuals and their local, national, and global communities.

In this Teach-Out, you'll:

  • Understand why science communication is both important and challenging

  • Develop strategies to effectively bridge communications between public audiences and scientific researchers

  • Understand expert perspectives on different areas of public engagement with science

  • Shape a compelling, message-focused STEM narrative for a specific audience

  • Discuss important issues in science communication with others

If you'd like to participate in Reach Out and RELATE, head over to the edX website to register.