Knowledge Mobilization

Knowledge Mobilization

The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) was established to create a stronger link between homelessness research, policy, and practice. The knowledge mobilization strategy of the CHRN encompasses engaged scholarship, networking, and innovative dissemination practices. Part of the learning of the CHRN has been the need to reimagine and redefine the...
Academic research is frequently not easily accessible nor is it easily useful for nonacademic decision makers. The Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Unit at York University conducted a pilot project to capture the results and impact of federally funded SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) research in a simple and effective format. Using Clear...
Tip Sheet - 2011 Ontario Education Research Symposium BloggingChoose a name for your blog: Pick something that is short and catchy and also reflects who you are and what your content will address. Subtitles can address the need to explain more. For instance, “Research Matters” alone is insufficient. It leads to questions like, what kind of research? However...
A while ago I read this interesting presentation on Web 2.0 in academic contexts (teaching, research, libraries) by Lambert Heller when it occurred to me that I have recently adopted a new Web 2.0 tool myself that I am finding increasingly useful: Twitter. Now I’m perfectly aware that my discovery of Twitter for getting valuable updates from colleagues and...
David Phipps, Michael Johnny and Daniele Zanotti discuss their experience in  developing  institutional  capacity  to  support  community-university  engagement, and outline lessons learned in the process.
In this short video, Josh Greenberg, Professor of Communication at Carleton University in Canada, discusses the tools, strategies and platforms he employs to communicate his own academic research. Josh’s research centres on communication and social change, in particular activism and media strategy, non-profit communication and advocacy. He has also been...
“The chorus of ‘yeas’ was thunderous,” Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton told The New York Times on February 12, 2008. “I hope this marks a turning point in the way communications operate in the world of scholarship” (Cohen 2008b). Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences had just passed a resolution declaring that because it was “committed to...
If academics want to influence policy in their areas of expertise, they must engage with policymakers. Back in 2008, a report by the Council for Science and Technology said "healthy engagement between academics and policymakers is essential to the provision of informed, evidence-based, world-class policymaking". But it is only in the past few months that...
A few weeks ago, Gerald Aungst, supervisor of gifted education in the Cheltenham School District, used Twitter to seek advice about online teaching programs for foreign languages. Within five minutes, he had received several suggestions from around the country. Every Monday night at 7, Menoo Rami, a high school English teacher at Franklin Learning Center in...
If I tell people I’m on Twitter, I tend to get one of three reactions: a) Isn’t it all about what Lady Gaga had for breakfast? b) How do you find the time? c) You?!!! (Implication: Twitter is for hip juveniles rather than fossilised academics) This is unfortunate, because Twitter is a valuable resource for academics. If you’re allowing inaccurate...

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