Stop-motion Animations as Learning Objects for Flexible Learning in Biology and Psychology Courses: Completion and Evaluation

Title Stop-motion Animations as Learning Objects for Flexible Learning in Biology and Psychology Courses: Completion and Evaluation
Faculty/College/Unit Science
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Project Summary

We propose to assess the use of stop-motion animations as ‘Learning Objects’ in supporting the existing ‘Learning Path’ model of the Flexible Learning Initiative in the Biology (BioFlex) project. The learning path is based on the principle tenet that the activity of learning occurs not just in the classroom, but also continues outside the classroom and beyond the termination of a course. Accordingly, the primary objectives of this project are to create and investigate the effectiveness of narrated stop-motion animations as Learning Objects for flexible learning in introductory biology (i.e., BIOL 112, 200, and 201) and behavioural neuroscience (i.e., PSYC 301, 304) courses. Specifically, we will produce nine stop-motion animations that deal with biological topics that students struggle with and/or are difficult to teach using traditional instructional methods.

Year 1: Project Title Stop-motion Animations as Learning Objects for Flexible Learning in Biology and Psychology Courses
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Gangamma Chowrira
Year 1: Funded Amount 21,834
Year 1: Project Status Active
Year 1: Team Members

Co-Principal Investigator:
Dr. Steven J. Barnes, Instructor I, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Faculty Advisory Group:
Dr. Jeffrey Richards, Professor, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science
Shona Ellis, Professor of Teaching, Department of Botany, Associate Head of Biology, Faculty of Science
Karen Smith, Lecturer, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Biology Program, Faculty of Science
Dr. Robin Young, Lecturer, Department of Botany, Biology Program, Faculty of Science

Student Advisory Group:
Grace Zhao
Gillian Trotter
Katie Baillie
Steven Zhang

Student Production Group:
Linnea Ritland
Kimberly Nipp

Year 1: TLEF Showcase Year 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Gangamma Chowrira
Year 2: Funded Amount 16,600
Year 2: Project Status Active
Year 2: Team Members

Co-Applicant:
Dr. Steven J. Barnes, Instructor I, Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Faculty Advisory Group:
Dr. Jeffrey Richards, Professor, Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science
Shona Ellis, Professor of Teaching, Dept. of Botany, Associate Head of Biology, Faculty of Science
Karen Smith, Lecturer, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, Biology Program, Faculty of Science
Dr. Robin Young, Lecturer, Dept. of Botany, Biology Program, Faculty of Science

Student Advisory Group:
Grace Zhao
Katie Baillie
Rocio Hollman
John Shadarevian

Student Production Group:
Linnea Ritland
Kimberly Nipp

Year 2: TLEF Showcase Year 2: TLEF Showcase