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

TitleStop-motion Animations as Learning Objects for Flexible Learning in Biology and Psychology Courses: Completion and Evaluation
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2016
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.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleStop-motion Animations as Learning Objects for Flexible Learning in Biology and Psychology Courses
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2016/2017
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorGangamma Chowrira
Year 1: Funded Amount21,834
Year 1: Project StatusActive
Year 1: Team Members

Gangamma Chowrira, Senior Instructor, Botany / Biology Program, Faculty of Science
Steven J. Barnes, Co-Principal Investigator / Instructor I, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Faculty Advisory Group:

Jeffrey Richards, Professor, Zoology, Faculty of Science
Shona Ellis, Professor of Teaching, Botany / Associate Head of Biology, Faculty of Science
Karen Smith, Lecturer, Microbiology and Immunology / Biology Program, Faculty of Science
Robin Young, Lecturer, 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 ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2017/2018
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorGangamma Chowrira
Year 2: Funded Amount16,600
Year 2: Project StatusActive
Year 2: Team Members

Gangamma Chowrira, Senior Instructor, Botany / Biology Program, Faculty of Science
Steven J. Barnes, Co-Principal Investigator / Instructor I, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Faculty Advisory Group:

Jeffrey Richards, Professor, Zoology, Faculty of Science
Shona Ellis, Professor of Teaching, Botany / Associate Head of Biology, Faculty of Science
Karen Smith, Lecturer, Microbiology and Immunology / Biology Program, Faculty of Science
Robin Young, Lecturer, 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 ShowcaseYear 2: TLEF Showcase