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Communicating research online: writing for a wider audience

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Presenter: Dr Shirley Cooper, LDC Development Programme

11th Feb – 8th April 2019

Have you considered writing about your research or subject area to the wider academic community? This could be achieved through an article to the University News, to communicate to other postgraduate researchers and undergraduates, or publishing more widely in ‘The Conversation'. Both opportunities offer a way to gain wider recognition as a researcher, an opportunity to develop your writing skills and an item for your CV.

The ‘Communicating research online’ course allows you to share your research and network with other researchers in a supportive online environment. Through regular short weekly commitments you can:

  • Prepare for early experience of publishing through either writing a blog article, writing for a University News item (or their ‘Becoming an Expert’ series) or creating a pitch for ‘The Conversation’.
  • Develop your writing skills through regular practice and supportive feedback
  • Find new ways to communicate your research and gain a wider impact
  • Improve your skills in critical thinking and feedback
  • Gain practice of the peer review process

This course will last 8 weeks, with an recommended contribution of one to two hours per week to gain most benefit. The course will include optional webinars to engage more directly with others on the course

  • The first webinar will include a question and answer session, discussion on ‘why write’ and brainstorming of ideas for the writing within this course.
  • A later webinar could focus on the peer review process, what you might expect when being reviewed and your engagement as a course reviewer.

The course will provide an 'online meeting place' in SharePoint, where participants can share discussions around any common PhD topic, but will be a specific focus on research communication through written text and the publication process.

Testimonials from past participants:

‘ ... the feedback is invaluable, its great to hear how other people perceive my work, and how I can improve. ’
So far I have often felt quite alone in my research and the additional contact with others from alternate areas has been educational as well as supportive.’

The course is open to all Postgraduate Researchers at Liverpool, on or off-campus. The software will include separate subject-based areas where numbers permit.

This workshop offers opportunities to gain skills in Cognitive abilities, Creativity, Personal qualities and Communication and dissemination, as outlined in the RDF subdomains A2, A3, B1, and D2.

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