UGFN動起來!白板動畫翻轉「自然」課堂 Flipped Classroom with Whiteboard Animations

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UGFN動起來!白板動畫翻轉「自然」課堂

「與自然對話」(UGFN1000)要求同學閱讀與自然科學相關的文本,並在導修課時討論一些核心問題,例如「生命是什麼?」和「心靈是什麼?」。根據我們的經驗,同學對這些問題的反思非常感興趣,但同時亦感到難以深入討論。有見及此,我們開展了「UGFN動起來!」計劃*以提供討論這些具爭議性的問題所必需的知識。這項計劃利用白板動畫來翻轉課堂以豐富同學的學習經驗,有別於錄製演講短片等的慣常做法。白板動畫利用圖畫及配音一步一步解釋複雜而抽象的概念,令學習過程變得更有趣和更吸引。

*這項計劃由Micro-Module Courseware Development Grant資助。

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在現階段,這項計劃由兩個單元組成,當中包括四條白板動畫短片。第一個單元「科學對生命的探究」顯示基因表達和控制的機制,以及這些機制與環境之間的互動。第二個單元「科學對心靈的探究」解釋我們的思想從何而來,以及我們有沒有自由意志。這四條動畫將在這個學期可供觀看。我們期望將來可制作更多的白板動畫。


UGFN-animated: Flipped Classroom with Whiteboard Animations

“In Dialogue with Nature” (UGFN1000) requires students to read natural science-related texts before interactive tutorials to discuss some central issues, such as “What is life?” and “What is mind?” According to our experience, students are very interested to reflect on these issues but it is difficult to have in-depth discussion. In view of this, we have initiated the “UGFN-animated” project* to provide pre-requisite knowledge for controversial issues. Instead of conventional video recording of short lectures, whiteboard animations will be used to enrich student’s learning experience. They enable step-by-step illustrations with voice-over narration to explain complicated and abstract ideas in an interesting and attractive way. At this stage, two modules containing four short whiteboard animations have been developed. The first module “Scientific Enquiry of Life” illustrates the biological process such as gene expression and its regulation in response to the environment. The second module “Scientific Enquiry of Mind” explains where our minds come from and whether we have free will. These four animations will be available in the coming semester. We expect more whiteboard animations will be produced in the future.

*This project is funded by Micro-Module Courseware Development Grant.

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