School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dissection of the rainbow trout: a video/mixed media presentation
Animal dissections are becoming expensive and logistically complicated, and constrained by animal welfare legislation, resulting in many institutions no longer running such exercises. In the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC, as Senior Demonstrator I have been running and seeking to improve a rainbow trout dissection in 1st year Biology for the last number of years. This class is popular with the large number of students (c450) in the course, and of great pedagogical value. I proposed the production of a video/mixed media presentation to accompany and enhance this dissection. Technological input was inputted by Patrick Cross MSc, the instructional designer for the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, ERI, UCC.
Video and mixed media presentations are becoming increasingly prevalent as learning tools in science and technology. Here, I proposed the development of a video/mixed media presentation designed to:
(1) compliment and enhance the trout dissection, and to link with relevant lectures for UCC students;
(2) to function as a learning object that can be made accessible as part of prescribed curriculum through an virtual learning environment (VLE), or to serve as a stand-alone presentation to students in the partner institutions and for relevant professional training (e.g. fisheries officers);
(3) to facilitate the progression of student learning themes through the use of interactive video hotspots, linking complimentary topics together.
Click on the links below to view Maud’s blog posts:
- Maud Cross – Video Information Preparation, 6th May 2016
- Maud Cross – Filming the introduction and audio overlay in UCC AV centre, 4th April 2016
- Maud Cross – Filming fish dissection in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, UCC, 16th March 2016
To see Maud’s presentation at ‘Digital Week’ click here and watch from minute 34:20.