Communication Blog

Plain language (and why you should use it)

May 23, 2022
A 2020 study of 500 Americans found that using plain language in their communications increased reading speed and the ability to understand text. Message retention increased by 40% and message clarity increased by 33%. To write clear, concise and scannable messages, consider the following plain writing tips in your communications.
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Google Doc Templates Updated

May 23, 2022
All University of Minnesota Google Doc templates have been updated for every campus.
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Marketing work made easier? Take our usability survey.

May 16, 2022
Promoting the University's brand is shared work across the University system. Take the brand survey to tell us what information and resources will help you in your work.

Tips to Improve Internal Communications

May 9, 2022
With hybrid work, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to our faculty and staff. Here are tips to increase employee engagement and trust.

The Ins and Outs of Em Dashes and En Dashes

May 2, 2022
A basic knowledge of em dashes and en dashes can help you add flair and clarity to your communications.

More Research Recommended to Improve Science Communication

April 25, 2022
Report identifies areas where research is needed to better communicate basic science.

6 Reasons to Avoid Using Web Accessibility Overlays

April 18, 2022
Discover why accessibility overlay products that claim to automatically “fix” accessibility problems should be avoided. Instead, explore solutions to help you design and develop accessible websites that provide equal access and interactions to everyone.

Improving Media Relations Strategies in 2022

April 11, 2022
A new report on the state of journalism in 2022 detailing reporter trends in social media, public relations preferences, and news gathering strategies was recently released by the media database organization, Muck Rack.

Ways to Enhance Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Website Accessibility

April 4, 2022
Explore the overlap between SEO best practices and web accessibility guidelines.
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Accessibility Ambassadors: Intersections of Student Success and Disabling Experiences

March 31, 2022
Learn about the impacts of inaccessibility on academic success through survey and health report data from Boynton and discover how people experience disability on campus.
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