About this web site

This web site is primarily to house the multimodal PhD dissertation Storyboard - Primary school student designing and making explanatory animations. It was completed through the University of Melbourne in 2015 and set a precedent for Multimodal Thesis and Disseration (MTD) publication in the emerging area of digital scholarship. In addition to the abstract describing this thesis, the following 50-word summary was read at my graduation ceremony:

Brendan Jacobs investigated the conceptual consolidation of primary school children through their creation of explanatory animations. His research advanced our understanding of animation pedagogy and demonstrated how the children's mental models, as depicted through their animation key frames and storyboards, functioned as both flexible models and diagnostic tools.

Publications from this research

Jacobs, B. & Usher, A. (2018). Proximity as a window into the zone of proximal development. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, 9(1), 2856-2863. DOI: 10.20533/licej.2040.2589.2018.0376

Jacobs, B. & Cripps Clark, J. (2018). Create to critique - Explanatory animation as conceptual consolidation. Teaching Science, 64(1), 29-39.

Jacobs, B., Wright, S. & Reynolds, N. (2017). Reevaluating the concrete - Explanatory animation creation as a digital catalyst for transmediation. Mind, Culture and Activity, 24(4), 297-310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10749039.2017.1294181

Jacobs, B. & Robin, B. (2016). Animating best practice. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11(3), 263-283. http://dx.do.org/10.1177/1746847716662554

Jacobs, B. (2015). Storyboard - Primary school children designing and making explanatory animations [Doctoral dissertation]. Parkville, VIC: The University of Melbourne. Retrieved from http://www.brendanpauljacobs.com/hardcopy.html

Academic conference presentations (forthcoming)

Jacobs, B. (2018, December). Designing assessment tasks using the twin concepts in Vygotsky’s cultural-historical psychology. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference. Camperdown, NSW: The University of Sydney.

Jacobs, B. (2018, December). The future of digital scholarship. Melbourne Polytechnic 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference. Preston, VIC: Melbourne Polytechnic.

Academic conference presentations

Jacobs, B. (2018, September). In search of the multimodal thesis. In Eighth Annual Conference of the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA). Denver, CO. Retrieved from http://www.brendanpauljacobs.com/denver.html

Jacobs, B. & Usher, A. (2017, December). Co-constructing learning in the early years using project-based learning. In London International Conference on Education (LICE): 2017 Conference Proceedings (pp. 466-469). The University of Cambridge, UK. Retrieved from http://www.liceducation.com/Proceedings/LICE-WCSNE-2017-Proceedings.pdf

Jacobs, B. (2013). Implementing a QUAL-qual methodology using a prism metaphor for the CHAT triangle. Presented at the Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education Methodology Symposium. Melbourne, VIC: Deakin University.

Jacobs, B. (2013). Storyboard: Primary school children designing and making explanatory animations. Presented at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Graduate Research Conference. Parkville, VIC: The University of Melbourne.

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