2:45 – 3:45 pm

Category: Biomed

Animation vs. Images for Learning Abstract Concepts: Does Modality Matter? A Case Study in MRI Physics

Online animations and videos are increasingly popular for learning, but do they work any better than images for explaining abstract concepts? Our team is interested in this question as we are building media to teach MRI physics, a notoriously difficult subject for radiology residents to master. We ran a needs assessment survey amongst residents, which revealed a desire for more high-quality visual media. We then built three sample media modalities: narrated video, text with animations, and text with still images, which we tested on 118 medical trainees for learning performance and study preferences. In this talk, we will share insights from our methods, results, and feedback from our study, and opinions on how educational creators can spend their time to create efficient teaching media for learners. This project was supported by a Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration Grant at Johns Hopkins University, and teamed members from the Department of Medical Illustration, Department of Radiology, and School of Education.

Session Takeaways:

  1. Attendees will be able to justify the use of various media modalities to suit a variety of learning needs.
  2. Attendees will review principles of the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and other literature on media and learning.
  3. Attendees will be able to plan and design a creative strategy that best suits their time and effort.
  4. Attendees will be able to strategize their own tests for multimedia learning

Jeff Day

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Jeff Day is an assistant professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches courses in animation and design. Jeff earned an MA in medical and biological illustration at Johns Hopkins and medical and bachelors degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Jeff is interested in accessibility and usability in educational media, cartoons, and ice cream.