Communicating Complex Information
Purdue University
  • Start Date: 30 Apr, 2018
  • 3 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Understand how to communicate complex information to lay audiences and develop your professional communication skills.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Understand how to communicate complex information to lay audiences


In a time when experts are all too often ignored or misunderstood, communicating complex information accurately to inexperienced audiences is a prized skill. This course will help your develop this skill. You will learn specific strategies to get your ideas across in a more impactful way; discovering how to organise your messages, techniques for explaining abstract ideas, and how to use and create visuals to enhance understanding.


What topics will you cover?



  • Three different explanation models: quasi-scientific, transformation and elucidating

  • Barriers to effective explanations including myths

  • The importance of audience analysis in effectively communicating complex ideas

  • Using analogies to explain abstract ideas.

  • Effective organization in oral presentations

  • Infographics.

  • Creating organisational structures.

  • Producing charts which enhance audience understanding.


What will you achieve?


By the end of this course you will be able to:



  • Use different methods to overcome the barriers that most audiences face when learning complex information

  • Apply practices for organizing and explaining ideas orally

  • Design presentation slides for improved audience understanding

  • Communicate complex ideas or material to various audiences.


This course is for anyone who has to explain new ideas to lay publics where there are vast differences between the speaker and their audience in their command of the content. It will be of particular use to teachers, scientists, communication experts, financial experts and medical experts.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

Purdue University

Purdue University is a vast laboratory for discovery. The university is known not only for science, technology, engineering, and math programs, but also for our imagination, ingenuity, and innovation. It’s a place where those who seek an education come to make their ideas real — especially when those transformative discoveries lead to scientific, technological, social, or humanitarian impact.

 

Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue’s role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering, and agriculture. More than 39,000 students are enrolled here. All 50 states and 130 countries are represented. Add about 950 student organizations and Big Ten Boilermaker athletics, and you get a college atmosphere that’s without rival.

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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