Our monthly webinars highlight examples of gateways, tools, and best practices.
SGCI hosts a webinar series on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific (1 hour long). We feature a rotating selection of topics including tool and technology demos, best practices, and gateway showcases. These webinars are recorded for future viewing and are posted in our archive.
We announce each webinar several weeks ahead through our newsletter and on this website.
Webinars will be at the same connection coordinates for future months so that you can add the series to your calendar.
See our archive of previous webinars, including video and slides.
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Meaningful Metrics: Selecting the Right Ones for your Gateway
September 12, 2018, at 1 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific
Presented by Ann Zimmerman, Principal and Founder, Ann Zimmerman Consulting
Metrics are all the rage. Potential funders often require you to list them in your proposal. Advisory boards, current funders, and review committees want to see them in progress reports. Even users can find metrics helpful for deciding whether your gateway is worth contributing data or resources to, spending time to learn how to use, or adding to their course curriculum. Most important of all, you need metrics to help tell you if your gateway is succeeding. But how do you come up with a reasonable number of the “right” metrics to measure your gateway’s progress and impact?
This webinar will:
- cover the characteristics of meaningful metrics
- provide guidance for determining your gateway's metrics along with a checklist to help you determine if they make the grade
- show examples of metrics applicable to different types of gateways
- offer ideas for how to use your metrics to drive your gateway to success
The webinar is intended to be useful to those who need to identify metrics, are in the process of doing so, or already have them in hand. You will get the most out of the webinar, however, if you come with a definition of what it means for your gateway to be successful. For example, what are its goals? How do you hope your gateway will change the world – even a little bit? You don’t have to share your definition, but you will benefit most from the webinar if you have it written down and in front of you during the webinar.
Your Audience Comes First: The Key to Communication and Engagement
October 10, 2018, at 1 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific
Presented by Elyse Aurbach, Public Engagement Lead, Office of Academic Innovation, University of Michigan
Join us for a special reprise of the Gateways 2017 Keynote! This presentation will be particularly useful for people presenting at Gateways 2018 and other venues.
Connecting people through scientific or engineering gateways requires effective communication. All gateway users – researchers, educators, public audiences – must understand the purpose, utility, and significance of the gateway if it is to be successful. Therefore, establishing effective communication practices to explain the project becomes critical to developing the gateway and ensuring its longevity. Fortunately, communication skills can be learned and practiced by anyone. Developing communication efforts with goals that align with those of the target audience, using storytelling to convey clear messages, and using appropriate language and visual elements are all key skills of a successful communication strategy. Putting these skills into practice can maximize the utility and benefits of your gateway for all parties involved.