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Saturday, March 21 • 10:00am - 10:45am
GoAnimate: Engaging Students in Course Material with Animated Video

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In a lower-level undergraduate course, a traditional research paper was used to immerse students into the theories of personality psychology. However, students often complained that traditional term papers were the least creative and engaging activity assigned in the course. Thus, we wanted to provide students with a more creative and engaging option. We thought GoAnimate, a multimedia software product, would provide students with a more creative and engaging activity. Students produced animated videos that featured two personality theorists who argued about the strengths and weaknesses of their respective theories. A survey was administered upon completion of the GoAnimate project to assess the effectiveness of the software on learning. Results are discussed in terms of the benefits as well as the challenges of using animation video software products.


Richard Harnish

Associate Professor, Penn State, New Kesington Campus

Saturday March 21, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 105

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