Use of social media incorporated into graduate training in the Arctic

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.5 Formal and informal education in Arctic studies and science outreach in the Arctic
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Antti Lauri (University of Helsinki, Finland), Taina M. Ruuskanen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Laura Riuttanen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Stephany Buenrostro Mazon (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Abstract text

Social media is an increasingly important tool in presenting not only scientific findings, but also the processes behind the results. We train the use of social media during a course primarily targeted to doctoral students in natural and social sciences. The scope of the course is the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and societies. It is given as joint effort of Nordic and European universities and research institutes. The length of the course is two weeks, and the first two courses took place in July 2016 and July 2018 in Nuuk, Greenland and Reykjavík, Iceland. During the courses the students worked in small groups and conducted small research projects. Throughout the courses, the students reported their process and findings in Twitter using hashtag #ArcticCourse. In the end of the courses, the students wrote a collection of blog posts in the Climate Change Teaching in Greenland blog (blogs.helsinki.fi/climategreenland).


Our experiences are encouraging. Many of the students realized the power of social media as a tool both to follow what is happening in science, and to contribute own findings to a broader audience.

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