How can we design learning experiences for communicating science?

Australia
Education
Open Access
$150
Raised of $5,000 Goal
3%
Ended on 1/16/15
Campaign Ended
  • $150
    pledged
  • 3%
    funded
  • Finished
    on 1/16/15

About This Project

The goal of this project is to research and create a documentary series to help the public understand how scientists, science educators and their audiences experience learning for science communication.

This understanding can help inform the design for learning experiences based on their needs and/or natural interactions.

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What is the context of this research?

Over the past twenty years, science communication has emerged as an
academic discipline that focuses on promoting the human relevance of evidence-based research findings. A recent review on the state of science communication theory (Trench & Bucchi, JCom, 2010) highlighted several gaps in the knowledge, as outlined below.

Digital media experience of science communication – how do participants experience technological enablers such as social media, multimedia and web-based learning?
Integrating science with social theories – how do we encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and unification between sciences and social sciences?
Shift to participatory models – how can we integrate the participatory models into science communication learning and teaching?
Knowledge transfer and collaboration – how can we harness digital media to facilitate better knowledge flow and knowledge exchange between participants to aid in collaboration and coherence?

What is the significance of this project?

Improving the quality of science education at all levels, and enabling public
understanding of science through participatory methods, have been key goals in the context of increasing global innovation capacity.

Various commentators from scientific and non-science backgrounds share concerns that authentic collaboration and relationship building between key stakeholders cannot be achieved without developing new ways to increase empathy with different audiences and humanizing the presentation of research findings.

On the other hand, there is a need to increase public understanding of the value and nature of the work of scientists for improving the quality of life. There is a great need for better understanding of this two-way/one-to-many interaction and knowledge flows between participants in their networks and communities.

What are the goals of the project?

1. Design an ethnographic study investigating the research problems identified

2. Create a series of documentaries (3) during the course of the research

3. Submit publications for academic journals in Science Communication and various popular media

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Funding is essential to enable the researcher to:

1) Visit special sites in the US to interview/film participants in person; and

2) Hire experts to develop data analysis phase and film production.

Meet the Team

Dr. Faye Miller
Dr. Faye Miller
PhD Researcher

Affiliates

PhD (Information Ecology: Science & Engineering), Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Master of Information Management, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Bachelor of Arts, Charles Sturt University, Australia
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Team Bio

Faye is a Researcher, Editor, Author and Educator in the areas of human information experience and experience design for knowledge and learning contexts. Over ten years, Faye has been supporting, developing and leading a variety of social research projects within the global higher education sector and collaborating with external clients from public and private sectors. Faye recently completed a PhD in Information Ecology from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. In 2012, she was a guest speaker at San Jose State University, California.

She is currently Knowledge Ecology Strategist for Global Ethnographic, official open access journal of the social enterprise Organization for Intra-Cultural Development based in Japan, USA and Australia. She is also Founding Editor and Director of the interdisciplinary magazine-journal XD: Experience Design Magazine. Outside of research, she enjoys performing music, drawing and film making.

Dr. Faye Miller

Faye is a Researcher, Editor, Author and Educator in the areas of human information experience and experience design for knowledge and learning contexts. Over ten years, Faye has been supporting, developing and leading a variety of social research projects within the global higher education sector and collaborating with external clients from public and private sectors.Faye recently completed a PhD in Information Ecology from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. In 2012, she was a guest speaker at San Jose State University, California. Alongside developing new research projects under a write-up award at Queensland University of Technology, she is currently Knowledge Ecology Strategist for Global Ethnographic, official open access journal of the social enterprise Organization for Intra-Cultural Development based in Japan, USA and Australia. She is also Founding Editor and Director of the interdisciplinary magazine-journal XD: Experience Design Magazine.

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  • $150Total Donations
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