Using evidence-based practices to enhance your skills at engaging the public in informal learning environments. Day/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12PM -2PM. Description: This workshop will include several short activities designed to increase participants' abilities to effectively engage public audiences in informal learning environments. Organizers: Briana Pobiner, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural HIstory, ([email protected]). Pre-registration required.

Description: ­­­This workshop will include several short activities designed to increase participants' abilities to effectively engage public audiences in informal learning environments. The activities will focus on identifying the relevance of your research and potential misconceptions public audiences might have about it, avoiding the use of jargon words, using analogies for difficult concepts, and role-playing visitor interaction scenarios to identify the elements of successful visitor interactions. The participants will also receive several documents with evidence-based strategies for effective public engagement. Many of these strategies and approaches are also useful for scholarly and non-scholarly writing, including grant proposals, and communicating with other audiences such as policy makers.

Audience: undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early-career scholars, staff of informal learning institutions, anyone whose job description includes outreach.

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