Making plans: From project management to professional development
With a new year comes the opportunity to implement new plans – and in the first couple of weeks of 2022 we’ve been sharing some of ours for the next three months. But plans are just well-intentioned ideas if you can’t implement them effectively, and so last year we also built out the underlying project management processes to support our growing team. We’re excited to share some of what we’ve learned on tomorrow’s monthly community call (Wednesday, 19 January at 11am EST / 4pm UTC). Three members of our community of practice, all of whom are using different project management platforms, strategies, and tools to make the most of their time, will offer demos, and we hope you’ll join us and share your own insights, tips, and questions.
In a new series of blog posts we share our vision for professional training offerings and community programming in the first three months of 2022. There are opportunities to get involved in co-creating new resources, pre-register for some of the new courses we’re developing, and take part in a new research project investigating community manager roles in STEM. We’re also excited to be starting some new client work this month, as well as kicking off our first Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals cohort of 2022 on Friday.
In this month’s newsletter:
Make sure tomorrow’s community call is on your calendar
Check out what we’ll be discussing on our February and March calls
Find out what training courses we’ll be rolling out this year – as well as a new accessibility fund to support more community managers in STEM
Let us know which projects you’d like to collaborate on with us
Take part in our new series of community manager case studies
Events and training news
January’s community call: Project management tools and best practices for community managers
This month’s call (Wednesday, 19 January at 11am EST / 4pm UTC) will include a general introduction to some of the rationale behind project management as well as active demos of four different platforms that can help you with your project management; Trello, Asana, Mural, and Todoist. There will be plenty of time for discussion, Q&A, and trying out the tools.
CSCCE community calls, a monthly opportunity for shared learning and connection, will continue in February (Wednesday, 16 February at 11am EST / 4pm UTC) with a look at the role of scaffolding to support communities in STEM. And in March (Wednesday, 16 March at 11am EDT / 3pm UTC), we’re focusing on community manager roles and how they change depending on organizational context.
New courses coming to CSCCE’s professional development curriculum
CSCCE is the leading training organization for community managers in STEM and this year we’re looking to build upon our successful existing courses by adding some new options – and new technology – to the mix. Plus, we’ll be experimenting with an Accessibility Fund to support broader participation.
Co-creating resources with members of our community of practice is an important part of what we do here at CSCCE. It adds depth and breadth to the resources we publish while also being an opportunity for members to both gain a citable publication and give back to the community. In this blog post, we share a number of ways that community members can get involved in research or resource-creation projects over the next few months.
Community Manager Case Studies: What does it look like to be a community manager in STEM?
Over the next couple of months we will be interviewing community managers in a variety of STEM contexts to build a collection of case studies to empower new and aspiring community managers. If you are a community manager in STEM and would like to get involved in this project, we’d love to hear from you!
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