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The Utterly Amazing and Exciting
 World of Science Communication
             Online!!!!!
A Few Suggestions from the Scien...
Moving Beyond Cat Captions
  (not that there’s anything wrong with that)




                        QuickTimeª and a
    ...
Four Aspects of Online Communication
  •   Your online persona
  •   The internet in the classroom
  •   Diversity outreac...
1. Your online persona: professionalism
   • You already have an online persona
   • Make sure YOU control it
           –...
Your online persona: self-promotion
Promote your expertise:

  Low commitment: professional webpage

  Medium commitment: ...
Persona Demo
• Googling the teeming hordes of Miriam
  Goldsteins

• Miriam’s invertebrate video collection
2. Using the internet in the classroom
 Introducing Miss Baker’s
   biology class

 • “I think TV will be wack in 20
   ye...
Classrooms online: methods

• Twitter and AIM
  – Questions on homework
• Skype
  – Video-chats with scientists
• Ning
  –...
Classrooms online: uses
• Blogs
  – Field trip blogging (high-stakes for students)
  – Summarize peer-reviewed papers
    ...
Introducing the Creepy Treehouse
Power dynamics on the internet
  – Keep personal lives separate
    • Love those Facebook...
Classroom Demo
• Miss Baker’s class blog

• Ning - a class page and the Synapse

• ResearchBlogging.org
3. Diversity Outreach Online
Problems:
• Low student recruitment
• Feelings of isolation in pasty white
  science-land
• L...
Online Solutions
Online communities can supplement what
  is lacking in real life communities
• Compile list of minority-a...
Offline Solutions
• Mentorship
  – You can reach out/mentor someone who
    looks different than you
• Get more undergrads...
Demo: Diversity Resources Online

• Urban Science Adventures!
Strange and exciting future directions for
            science online
• Open Notebook Science
   – Putting primary record ...
A final caution
• Possible conflict with employer or
  stakeholders - and it won’t be what you think
• Negotiate blogging ...
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This presentation explains how scientists can use the internet to enhance research, education, and diversity. I created it based on my experience at the Science Online '09 conference, It is meant for an audience that only uses the internet for email and research.

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  1. 1. The Utterly Amazing and Exciting World of Science Communication Online!!!!! A Few Suggestions from the Science Online 2009 Conference QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Miriam C. Goldstein Scripps Institution of Oceanography January 20, 2009
  2. 2. Moving Beyond Cat Captions (not that there’s anything wrong with that) QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  3. 3. Four Aspects of Online Communication • Your online persona • The internet in the classroom • Diversity outreach online • Strange & exciting future directions for science online QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  4. 4. 1. Your online persona: professionalism • You already have an online persona • Make sure YOU control it – Google yourself frequently – Adjust Facebook privacy settings versus QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. are needed to see this picture.
  5. 5. Your online persona: self-promotion Promote your expertise: Low commitment: professional webpage Medium commitment: build an resource High commitment: write a blog
  6. 6. Persona Demo • Googling the teeming hordes of Miriam Goldsteins • Miriam’s invertebrate video collection
  7. 7. 2. Using the internet in the classroom Introducing Miss Baker’s biology class • “I think TV will be wack in 20 years.” • “We can’t imagine what it was like for you all [before QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. the internet].” • ““Thank god for older people who are able to access computers and contribute online materials.”
  8. 8. Classrooms online: methods • Twitter and AIM – Questions on homework • Skype – Video-chats with scientists • Ning – Private social networks with message board, walls, real-time chat • Wikis – Webpages that all members can edit
  9. 9. Classrooms online: uses • Blogs – Field trip blogging (high-stakes for students) – Summarize peer-reviewed papers (ResearchBlogging.org, video podcasts) • Wikis – Create project or resource, (e.g., guide to field trip location) • Message Boards – Discuss controversial matters privately (e.g., evolution)
  10. 10. Introducing the Creepy Treehouse Power dynamics on the internet – Keep personal lives separate • Love those Facebook privacy settings! • Can be in same Facebook group without being Facebook friends – Students should always initiate online contact, never teachers QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompresso are needed to see this picture.
  11. 11. Classroom Demo • Miss Baker’s class blog • Ning - a class page and the Synapse • ResearchBlogging.org
  12. 12. 3. Diversity Outreach Online Problems: • Low student recruitment • Feelings of isolation in pasty white science-land • Lack of mentorship QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  13. 13. Online Solutions Online communities can supplement what is lacking in real life communities • Compile list of minority-authored science blogs • Blog “carnival” about minority academic issues TIFF needed to seeand apicture. QuickTimeª QuickTimeª and a TIFFneeded to see thisdecompressor are (Uncompressed) picture.(Uncompressed) decompr are this QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  14. 14. Offline Solutions • Mentorship – You can reach out/mentor someone who looks different than you • Get more undergrads involved – Bigger net = more minority recruitment – Invite undergrads to attend seminar, to volunteer, to go tidepooling, etc.
  15. 15. Demo: Diversity Resources Online • Urban Science Adventures!
  16. 16. Strange and exciting future directions for science online • Open Notebook Science – Putting primary record online as it is recorded • Multimedia methods – Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE) – SciVee Pubcasts and Postercasts [DEMO]
  17. 17. A final caution • Possible conflict with employer or stakeholders - and it won’t be what you think • Negotiate blogging agreement AHEAD of time – Privacy issues – Verboten topics – The occasional crazy stalker and your workplace
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