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Black, Suzanne; Cabrera-Lalinde, Isabela; Otty, Lisa; Edgson, Geoffrey; Andries, Valentina
The coronavirus pandemic has required researchers to use online, virtual and remote methods of communicating with participants and audiences. While online and digital ways of working are not new, for many researchers the use of online events such as virtual exhibitions, hybrid outreach or online conferences became the only means of continuing to engage others with their work. Now, emergency measures and temporary pivots to digital ways of working have been replaced by reflection on how digital, remote and hybrid ways of working can be incorporated into future practices. Online events may have a larger geographical reach, allow different forms of engagement between participants, incorporate pre-recorded and live content, have a lower environmental impact, a lower financial cost, and allow more equal access to individuals who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised. Conversely, it can be difficult to replicate engagement in a digital medium, and there may be extra concerns around data privacy, inequalities in access to adequate internet speeds and technological skills, environmental concerns over the CO2 emissions generated by online activity, and digital tools that impose extra barriers to access on some individuals.
This document aims to provide introductory guidance for researchers at the University of Edinburgh who are considering undertaking online engagement activities. It outlines potential online engagement activities, events, researchled exhibitions, and creating online research-led resources, and offers examples of good practice from University of Edinburgh research projects. This guide is designed to point to existing sources of information, support and inspiration within the University of Edinburgh and beyond.
Public Engagement Guidance_1.11.pdf
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