The University of Queensland has recently released a new resource site (CLIPS) for science students to support development of communication skills. Effective communication is one of the threshold learning outcomes for Australian science degrees. The CLIPS site provides science educators with prepared modules and support for students and is an open access resource.
The CLIPS team is Susan Rowland, James Hardy, Kay Colthorpe, and Louise Kuchel. They have provided a short description of the tool…
CLIPS is a website to help your students communicate science for assessment purposes
As scientists, we all know the importance of communicating our work to others. As educators, however, it can be difficult to nurture communication skills in our students.
In some cases we may not explicitly teach communication to our students because we’re not quite sure we are doing it “the right way”. In other situations, we may have tacit knowledge of how to “do” an aspect of communication, but find it difficult to quickly and succinctly convey that functional skill to our students. Then, there is always the issue of the crowded curriculum, and the stakeholder who struggles to give up precious classroom time to support teaching of something that’s “not science”.
To address these perennial issues we have built and recently launched CLIPS (Communication Learning in Practice for Scientists). CLIPS is funded by both UQ and the UQ Faculty of Science. You are welcome to use www.clips.edu.au to support your students as they communicate science for assessment purposes. CLIPS lets you to support and guide your students without building or maintaining the support resources yourself! It also allows your students to get just-in-time help online as they are preparing assessment items.
The CLIPS team includes award-winning teaching academics, experts in science communication curricula, and a bona-fide science communicator. CLIPS uses a variety of engaging interviews, animations, exemplars, and text to help students navigate the complexities of science communication. Modules address short answer questions, levels of cognition, presentations, posters, writing, infographics, referencing, and communicating with numbers. In unprompted reflections, 96% of student users say they will use CLIPS again, and over 6,000 UQ students are enrolled in the site. Access is free and unrestricted.
We hope CLIPS will be helpful for you and your students and welcome your feedback!