2018 AMI Online Salon

Representations of DNA

Project Detail

  • Artist(s):  Joanne Muller
  • Contributors: Joanne Muller, MA, CMI, FAMI, Jackie Kustan, MA, Christine DeGennaro, PhD, Matt Bunch, Michael J. Parker, MD; Boston, Massachusetts
  • Client: In-House Project: Harvard Medical School, Office of Online Learning, HMX
  • Copyright: © 2018 The President and Fellows of Harvard College
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe XD
  • Final presentation format: Interactive media in a course on an online learning platform
  • Primary audience: Pre-healthcare and industry learners

Project Description

This 3-part interactive module is presented in the first lesson of an online genetics course—part of the HMX Fundamentals series for pre-medical/healthcare students and industry professionals looking to enhance their work with expanded medical knowledge. The interactive uses animation and cued text to guide students through visual representations of DNA. Emphasis is placed on concepts often misunderstood, such as DNA “handedness.” Careful consideration is given to the principles of multimedia learning and the use of text and visuals to enhance didactic storytelling.

The interactive is embedded directly in the HMX online learning platform for viewing on both desktop and mobile browsers. Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) animations resize responsively without loss of quality or increase in file size.

Continuous screen-captured footage of the module on a desktop browser is shown here, highlighting select content from all three parts. (A circle around the mouse pointer represents a click.)