Welcome to Jenny East – CSCCE’s newest trainer!

We’re excited that the CSCCE team continues to grow, and this week we welcome Jenny East onboard as CSCCE’s newest trainer. Jenny will join lead trainer Camille Santistevan, along with center director Lou Woodley, in developing and facilitating CSCCE’s modular, online trainings and client-facing support

About Jenny

Before joining the CSCCE team, Jenny spent over five years as an outreach coordinator for Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University, USA. In this role, she worked to educate recreational boaters about preventing water pollution and how to reduce their impact on the local ecosystem, a mission she undertook through the development of materials and events to engage boating communities within Oregon. Her position also included training staff at local marinas so that they had the skills and resources they needed, as they also had a role in supporting healthy waterways. 

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First Birthday Series: The future of CSCCE’s community of practice

For our “First Birthday Series” of blog posts, we took some time to reflect on CSCCE’s community of practice, which turned one year old on 21 October 2020. In this final post in the series, jointly authored by Communications Director, Katie Pratt and Center Director, Lou Woodley, we look back on CSCCE’s seed funding, how the Center is supported now, and our plans for a financially sustainable future.

Previous posts in this series outlined the community “by the numbers,” delved a little deeper into our programming offerings, discussed our resources and the importance of co-creating together, and summarized how our working groups and special interest groups operate and further our mission. Together, these five blog posts celebrate year one of CSCCE’s community of practice, and look ahead to the future of the Center. 

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CSCCE online modular trainings: Registration is now open for our Winter courses

This Fall we launched the first in a new series of CSCCE online training modules. In this blog post, we explain the courses and when they’ll be offered again, who we hope will take them, and how they impact our other programming, including a potential CEFP2021 cohort. If you have any questions about anything in this post, please reach out to us: info@cscce.org.

What are CSCCE online modular trainings?

Our online modular trainings distill years of experience and expertise in building successful communities in STEM into courses that fit into your busy schedule. Each training runs for six weeks, and involves two live sessions a week (totaling 2.5 hours) along with around 90 minutes of homework to complete each week.

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Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals

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Course overview

Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals is designed to offer new or existing community managers core frameworks and vocabulary to describe their community and their role within it. While the content is designed for any level of learner, it should not be thought of as a “beginner” course. Rather, it is intended to create common ground so that scientific community managers can converse across disciplines, more efficiently learn from one another, and build successful engagement strategies that are grounded in research.

We require anyone applying for our Community Engagement Fellowship Program (CEFP) to first take this course. You may also find that completing this course gives you a stronger foundation for other CSCCE modular online trainings, such as Nurturing and Stewarding Engaged Online Communities, although it is not required.

Course structure

Each week, participants will meet virtually (using Zoom) for a 90 minute lesson and a 60 minute Co-Lab. While lessons will involve structured presentations and activities, Co-Lab time is for discussion, reporting out, and seeking feedback from instructors and fellow learners.

Each week will also include approximately 90 minutes of homework, for a total time commitment of 4 hours per week

Successful completion of the course requires attendance at 11 out of 12 of the online sessions, at a minimum, as well as completion of homework assignments.

Instructors

This course is facilitated by two of the following CSCCE instructors:

  • Jenny East, CSCCE Trainer
  • Camille Santistevan, CSCCE Lead Trainer
  • Lou Woodley, CSCCE Director

Topics covered

Week one: What is community?

Participants will gain an understanding of the different types of community common in STEM fields and will define their own community in these terms, gaining increased clarity on the reach of their activities.

Week two: Exploring community engagement roles

Consider the skills needed to excel in the role of a community manager, and use CSCCE’s skills wheel to assess where you or your team might need to expand your repertoire. We’ll also explore different leadership models, empowering participants to recognize that community managers represent a new kind of network-centric leadership.

Week three: Purpose and people

With a stronger understanding of the nature of community, participants will work to identify the different stakeholder or member relationships within their community and the desired goals for each relationship. 

Week four: Community member participation

Using the CSCCE Community Participation Framework, participants will analyze the current programming in their own communities – identifying gaps and how to better align programming with desired outcomes. They’ll also acquire core vocabulary for describing different aspects of their community programming.

Week five: Communication ecosystems and scaffolded participation

We’ll introduce the concept of scaffolded participation in creating supportive, responsive and multi-modal programming that empowers members to participate. Discussion will include the challenges of distributing power. 

Week six: Community lifecycle models and group-level engagement 

Community lifecycle models can inform the type of programming appropriate for your community, as well as how your role as a community manager changes. We’ll explore several models and discuss the implications of each – for programming, team planning and evaluation.

Testimonials

100% of course participants say they are extremely likely (91%) or likely (9%) to recommend our courses to their colleagues. Here’s what some of them have to say about Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals:

Incredibly professional in every aspect; I couldn’t think of one detail in structure or facilitation that wasn’t perfect!

CEF20F Participant

Amazing effort by the course leaders to create such an IRL feeling in an online course!

CEF20F Participant

I love the way you lead by example. The way you plan lessons, design exercises, and make homework short, up to the point, and doable is so inspiring.

CEF20F Participant

Upcoming session

Tickets for CEF21S are now on sale. This cohort will take place at 11am Eastern on Tuesdays and Fridays from Tuesday 1 June. You’ll be notified directly about ticket sales if you already completed this pre-registration form.


Current session

There are currently no ongoing sessions. See above for how to book your place for CEF21S, which starts on Tuesday 1 June. If you’d like to be updated about a Fall version of this course, please complete this pre-registration form.


Past sessions

CEF21W2

CEF21W2, our third Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals cohort, finished on Friday, 19 February. The course ran on Mondays and Thursdays at 2pm Eastern, as follows:

  • Monday Lessons (2 – 3:30pm US Eastern Time): 22 February, 1,  8, 15, 22, 29 March
  • Thursday Co-Labs (2 – 3:00pm US Eastern Time): 25 February, 4, 11, 18, 25 March, 1 April

CEF21W

#CEF21W, our second Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals cohort, finished on Friday, 19 February. The course ran on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning with an optional class social on Friday 8 January 2021 at 12pm Eastern, as follows:

  • Tuesday Lessons (12 – 1:30pm US Eastern Time): 12, 19, 26 January, 2, 9, 16 February 
  • Friday Co-Labs (12 – 1:00pm US Eastern Time): 15, 22, 29 January, 5, 12, 19 February

CEF20F

Our Fall pilot of Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (#CEF20F) wrapped up on Thursday, 3 December. The course took place on Mondays and Thursdays starting on Monday, 26 October 2020 at 2pm Eastern and ran as follows:

  • Monday Lessons (2 – 3:30pm US Eastern Time): 26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November
  • Thursday Co-Labs (2 – 3:00pm US Eastern Time): 29 October, 5, 12, 19, (Weds) 25 November and 3 December.

Trainings

CSCCE provides a range of training options and accessible resources to support scientific community professionals and organizations working with, or funding, scientific communities.

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Who do we work with?

We support individual community managers in devising and attaining their community objectives. We train groups of community-focused staff, such as program managers, in cohort-based learning environments. And we work with senior-level stakeholders on strategy development and delivery – including event planning.

Our major clients are scientific associations, research collaborations, and organizations that provide scholarly communications infrastructure. We also have worked to plan and launch new scientific communities of practice focusing on specific topics, for example, diversity equity and inclusion and environmental data science.  

Find out what some of our clients and course participants say about our trainings.

How can we support you?

Our training formats range from hour-long webinars to multi-day workshops, and we are skilled at delivering these trainings online and in-person. There are a variety of ways in which we can support your work, including:

Cohort-based trainings

Ideal for individual community managers. 

E.g., if you’re a scientific community manager looking for professional development support in a supportive and collaborative group-based learning environment.

If you are managing scientific communities and interested in professional development opportunities to enhance your work and build your network, you might be interested in the following cohort-based trainings:

Custom trainings

Ideal for groups of community-focused staff.

E.g., if you’re a senior manager, research development manager or funder looking for a specific training for program/community staff, research teams, or grantees.

CSCCE regularly adapts and extends training materials to meet specific needs in the form of custom trainings for program staff, research center directors, or members of a community of practice. Please get in touch about your specific needs.

Some examples of trainings that we’ve delivered include:

  • A six-workshop series on building out community playbooks for program managers.
  • A three-workshop series on creating community roadmaps for regional community leads.
  • A one-day workshop on conflict resolution for research center directors.
  • A one-day workshop for new grantees of collaborative projects exploring three key considerations for large-scale collaborations using our “Getting SET to scale” framework.
  • A one-day workshop exploring technology choices for collaborative infrastructure for leaders of pilot research projects.
  • A one-day workshop on building out a community champions program to support FAIR data practices.
  • A 90-minute workshop on the skillsets of community leaders
  • A two-day workshop on systems thinking, culture change and organizational structure.
  • A half-day workshop on identifying core values and where there may be challenges in realizing them.

Consultancy

Ideal for senior-level stakeholders.

E.g., if you’re a community director or senior manager looking for help with planning or launching a specific project.

You can also hire CSCCE staff to provide one-to-one or senior stakeholder consultancy to support your community or member-focused projects. Example projects might include:

COMMUNITY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

  • Designing and running a focus group to understand member needs around a new community-focused project.
  • Planning and launching a community of practice on Slack.
  • User persona research – determining your members’ needs and how to create effective, empowering programming that meets those needs.
  • Aligning existing resources (e.g., recorded lectures, slide decks, and blog posts) with an engagement or communications strategy.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Technology selection for communities – identifying the technology needs of your community members or collaborators and how to get the most from that technology.
  • On-boarding communications – planning the first steps in the journey of new online community members.

CULTURE

  • Identifying and describing orienting values in communities and teams.
  • Creating community guidelines – and escalation guidelines.
  • Conflict resolution and team-building – exploring styles of conflict, stakeholder engagement, and planning for successful collaborations.
  • Systems thinking and working with systems archetypes.
  • Burnout, self-care and enjoying complex, networked roles.

MEETING PLANNING AND FACILITATION

CSSCE staff are highly experienced at planning and facilitating events – both virtually and in-person. We work with clients to design and deliver interactive, engaging meetings – especially where there is an emphasis on community-building. Specific examples of projects include:

  • Support with planning how to translate an in-person annual meeting online
  • Planning and facilitating of a workshop for members of a new community of practice which includes multiple topical working groups.
  • Planning and facilitating an iterative strategic planning process for a new community via a series of workshops.