Communicating Complex Ideas to Non-experts

9:30–10:30 am


Faculty often face the challenge of explaining difficult concepts to people who are unfamiliar with the subject. This comes up frequently in the classroom and is essential in working with a variety of audiences, such as donors, the news media, funding organizations, or colleagues in other fields. This session will draw from research on the most effective ways to introduce new audiences to complex ideas. You’ll learn a variety of communications techniques to make an impact, whether it’s one-on-one or during a group presentation. The session will be led by William Rando, Executive Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching and Associate Dean of the College, and Cheryl R. Richardson, Director of Inclusive Teaching Initiatives in the Chicago Center for Teaching.


Academic Communicators Network

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