The Neuron – Interactive Animation

I have continued working with JavaScript and have created an interactive animation to teach students about the basic components of the neuron. The majority of the file was created in Adobe Animate CC with JS coding to create the interactivity. I then exported that content as an .OAM file and imported it into an Adobe Captivate 9 file. Captivate will interact with MSU’s learning management system, Desire 2 Learn, and will allow me to collect participation data, so I know that the students have completed the module.

The quiz at the end randomizes the questions. All of the questions except for the last multiple choice question, were created with the animation. It’s the final MC question that will collect student data.

Interactive Word Game

Interactive Word Game

This spelling and word recognition game is appropriate for 4-6 year olds. The game has 15 random questions chosen from a test bank of more than 50 words, so each time the game is played, it is slightly different.

This was my first attempt at JavaScript coding. Years ago, I used to create animations in Adobe Flash with ActionScript. Luckily, JS isn’t much different from AS. It was created with Adobe Animate CC and Adobe Illustrator CC. For the cartoon images, I downloaded most from openclipart.com and drew a few myself.

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Weekly Spelling Tests

Human Brain

Human Brain

Illustrations of the human brain depicting different functional regions and lobes.

 

Outreach T-shirt Designs

Outreach T-shirt Designs

For 2015 and 2016, I created the designs for the MSU Neuroscience Program Outreach t-shirt. I am always interested in sharing the design love, so if anyone out there would be interested in submitting a design suggestion for our shirts, please email it to MSUNeuroscienceOutreach at gmail dot com.

2015 Outreach t-shirt design2016 Outreach t-shirt design

Mura

A few years ago now, our college decided to try to increase the college brand and help departments manage their websites by adopting a content management system called Mura. Prior to the switch, I managed the MSU Neuroscience Program website with dreamweaver and wrote all my own html and (some) jquery code. I loved having full control over the site, so I was a little concerned about moving over to a new system with little back end control. But Mura has opened up a lot of great features, and most importantly, allows non-web coders to assist in content creation.

I’ve been working with Mura for so long now, that it just seems like second nature, and I am quite happy with the results: MSU Neuroscience Program website