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One More Tool: The Pecha Kucha

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Lisa J Neidert
Population Studies Center, University of Michigan

A picture is worth a 1,000 words; 20 images x 20 seconds is a Pecha Kucha This Pecha Kucha will present examples of a data service unit engaged with various audiences using a range of tools: webinars; web sites; online voting/surveys; contests; a blog; twitter; a crossword puzzle; audio interviews and even a roast. These examples include triumphs, whimpers, and lots in between. The initial impetus to embrace varied communication tools was to liven things up: in workshops - especially workshops crammed with too much material in too little time; selected techniques were also helpful in an 8:30am required quantitative reasoning class. But, over time, I've embraced technology as a way to enhance communication even when the audience is eager and engaged. In ten years, the technology and tools will be different, but the need for data professionals (and others) to reach their audiences will remain. So, the major issue is really the message, not the medium. But, it is important to learn, evaluate, and embrace new communication technologies. Alas a technique I haven't ever used is the Pecha Kucha. It is time for one more tool for audience engagement.

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