TRESCA MOOC - online course on science communication

29. Apr. 2022

ZSI was one of the co-developers and created Module 4 with a focus on scicom and policy making.

Starting on March 21 2022, you can sign up for the course titled “Communicating trustworthy information in the digital world” on Coursera via the course’s home page. The course is available free of charge and to anyone who is interested!
As we observe that science and facts are being called into question, what can be done? The TRESCA project has developed a massive open online course (MOOC) to explore this question directly and to improve current practices of communicating scientific knowledge. The MOOC consists of seven modules that are made up of educational videos and learning resources. As a participant, you will learn how digitalization has influenced the development and communication of scientific knowledge. The focus of the course lies on how an overflow of information has made it difficult for the public to decipher what is accurate or inaccurate information.

All topics are discussed from the perspective of three important stakeholders, namely (social) scientists, journalists, and policymakers. We also cover how these stakeholders connect with each other, as well as with ordinary citizens. The objective is to discover what drives public trust and how people and organizations can earn it and maintain trust via improved communication practices!

MODULE 4 by ZSI: THE POLICY MAKER - Introduction to evidenced-informed policy making at the science / knowledge communication and policy making nexus

This module highlights a more integrated model of knowledge-policy relationship and the dialogue between policy-makers and scientists or science communicators for an evidence-informed policymaking. While traditional scientific policy advice often happened behind closed doors, modern approaches have incorporated the need of an open dialogue, more flexible mechanism and new arrangements of roles. In addition, the role of citizens as important stakeholders in the policy cycle has gained importance at the intersection of policy advice and knowledge communication. The module includes three videos inspiring participants with first-hand knowledge from theory and practice, inviting to dive deeper into these important issues for policy makers, policy influencers, scientists, knowledge communicators, journalists and citizens, equally. The module provides three sections with video introductions covering a) a short overview on the policy cycle and evidenced-informed policy making at the intersection of policy making, science and knowledge communication, b) a closer look at public communication and public engagement and, c) a quick step into approaches and platforms helping to engage with a broader range of stakeholders including citizens.

You have further questions? Contact us:


Related Articles:

Tags: capacity building, science communication

INCO project news