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Online course: Science Communication: An Introduction to Theory, Best Practice and Practical Skills (5 October-15 December 2015)

16
Apr
2015

Science Communication: An Introduction to Theory, Best Practice and Practical Skills
 - an online course at Stellenbosch University

 

At the beginning of 2015 Stellenbosch University’s first online course in science communication attracted close to 90 participants from across South Africa and the rest of the African continent. In response to the high demand for this course, it will be repeated towards the end of 2015.

 

Registrations are now open for the second course on "Science communication: An introduction to theory, best practice and practical skills".

  

This course will commence on 5 October 2015 and wrap up on 15 December. It consists of six online sessions over 6 weeks, followed by about 4 weeks to complete a practical project.

 

This introductory course in science communication is designed for people who work at the interface between science and society – especially those who must make science and research outcomes accessible and relevant to policy makers and public audiences. People who are likely to benefit from the course include research managers and communication staff working at universities, science councils, government departments and statutory bodies, research funding agencies, industry organisations and NGOs, as well as communication and outreach staff of museums, science centres, zoos, aquaria, etc. The course has a specific focus on challenges of science communicators working in developing-world contexts.

 

This is a fully online course and participants must have access to a reliable and reasonably fast and stable internet connection, in order to be able to download the multimedia components of the class and participate in online forums.

 

The course will be presented through the web-based learning management system of Stellenbosch University. Successful participation will require five to six hours per week, adding up to 30 – 36 hours over a period of six weeks. Participants should plan to spend at least another 10 – 15 hours on the final practical assignment. Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a certificate of competence from Stellenbosch University.

 

Course fees: The enrolment fee is R5 500 for South African citizens and US$500 for students who are not South African citizens. Places are limited and will be allocated on a "first-paid-first-served" basis. Students will not be given access to the course platform unless their fees are paid.

 

Admission requirement: A recognised university bachelor's degree or relevant tertiary diploma.

 

Closing date for applications: 31 August 2015.

 

This course is presented by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University, the home of a DST-NRF Research Chair in Science Communication.

 

Link to online application form: http://apps.sun.ac.za/SCD/ApplicationForm.aspx?offeringid=b4bec07f-4245-e411-94db-0050568000ff 

 

Note: click on "General Public" if you do not have a Stellenbosch University staff or student number. Click on "SU Member" if you have a Stellenbosch University staff or student number (past or present).

 

If you need any further information, please contact Rolene Langford – rlm@sun.ac.za