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Creating Stop-Motion Animations to Learn Molecular Biology Dynamics

    Authors: Celeste N. Peterson1,*, Pauline Ngo1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Suffolk University, Boston, MA 02114
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biology, Suffolk University, 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114. Phone: 617-573-8249. Fax: 617-573-8668. E-mail: cnpeterson@suffolk.edu.
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    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2015 vol. 16 no. 2 280-281. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v16i2.922
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    Abstract:

    Classes in molecular biology have historically used static diagrams to capture how molecular processes occur in space and time. Here we describe using 3D claymation as an alternative. Students choose a molecular process, plan how to represent it with physical objects, and produce a stop motion video that then is shared with other students over the internet. This process can be easily implemented in undergraduate biology classes at all levels, and requires very little resources. The exercise offers the students a multisensory learning experience and the opportunity to contribute to open education resources.

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2015-12-01
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Abstract:

Classes in molecular biology have historically used static diagrams to capture how molecular processes occur in space and time. Here we describe using 3D claymation as an alternative. Students choose a molecular process, plan how to represent it with physical objects, and produce a stop motion video that then is shared with other students over the internet. This process can be easily implemented in undergraduate biology classes at all levels, and requires very little resources. The exercise offers the students a multisensory learning experience and the opportunity to contribute to open education resources.

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Example screenshots from claymation movie describing transcription in bacteria. (http://youtu.be/TM7SgZB1Nnk).

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2015 vol. 16 no. 2 280-281. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v16i2.922
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