In mid-May 2011, COSEE-OS staff joined the COSEE Networked Ocean World team for a two-day workshop that
brought together 5 scientists and 20 graduate students from Rutgers University. The teams developed presentations tailored to
audiences representing different segments of the general public. A discussion panel included professional staff from the American
Museum of Natural History, Liberty Science Center, and an independent producer of ocean science education documentaries.
The workshop focused on how scientists can deconstruct their science so that it is utilizable by the public and colleagues
outside their fields. By applying concept mapping skills to translate cutting-edge science topics, attendees learned how to relay
the relation and context of their disciplines and promote open-ended discussions with others during professional presentations.
Attendees also learned what other audiences might do with this information during the interactive panel discussion that included
informal educators, educational media specialists, and formal educators working in a K-12 setting.
Preliminary evaluation data focus on the participating graduate students' feedback on overall expectations, length, pacing, new
content/learning, and interactions with faculty and other graduate students. All of the students who completed the survey (n=18)
felt that the workshop "definitely" or "mostly" met their expectations. Nearly all (94%) felt that the overall length of the workshop
was "just right", while 89% felt the same about the overall pacing.
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