Plain Language Strategies

About the Webcast

In this webcast, Kelly Warmington, program manager of Knowledge Translation at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Ontario) discusses the importance of creating materials in plain language. She shares concrete tips and tools for writing websites, research briefs, consent forms, and other educational materials in plain language. This webcast originally aired with a live audience at Transitions Research and Training Center.

Following this session participants will be able to:

  • Define plain language
  • Choose appropriate plain language tools when writing and reviewing documents
  • Use the Plain Language Writing Checklist

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  1. Originally aired via YouTube on May 11, 2016, the webcast archive is available here: (opens new window). You do not need a YouTube account to participate.

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About the Presenter

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Kelly Warmington is the Program Manager, Knowledge Translation at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario. Her work focuses on teaching scientists, clinicians and educators about knowledge translation, implementation and clear language communication. Kelly spends most of her time teaching and consulting across SickKids. Prior to joining the SickKids team, Kelly worked in research at St. Michael’s Hospital evaluating clinical outcomes and education programs. Kelly holds degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Teaching and Adult Education. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and a certified Project Management Professional. Outside of work Kelly enjoys reading, photography and teaching yoga.