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.
Jacobs, B. (2020, 15 April). Kids could become 'Content creators' as part of authentic learning push. CQUniNEWS [Online newsletter]. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/y8laopen
Jacobs, B. (2020, 19 March). Online learning has its time in the Sun, as unis cope with COVID-19. CQUniNEWS [Online newsletter]. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/tb2fqdu
Jacobs, B. (2020). Explanatory animations in the classroom: Student-authored animations as digital pedagogy. Singapore: Springer.
Jacobs, B. (2020). A transdisciplinary protocol for digital scholarship. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqz087
Jacobs, B. (2019, December). A transdisciplinary protocol for digital scholarship. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference. Kelvin Grove, QLD: Queensland University of Technology.
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), 26-36.
Jacobs, B. (2018, December). The future of digital scholarship. Melbourne Polytechnic 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference. Preston, VIC: Melbourne Polytechnic.
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, 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/Jacobs 2018.pdf
Jacobs, B., Wright, S., & Reynolds, N. (2017). Reevaluating the concrete - Explanatory animation creation as a digital catalyst for cross-modal cognition. Mind, Culture and Activity, 24(4), 297-310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10749039.2017.1294181
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., & Robin, B. (2016). Animating best practice. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11(3), 263-283. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1746847716662554
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
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.
I live in Mackay, was born in Sydney, grew up in Canberra, and spent most of my life in Melbourne. My wife is a Houstonian but we are now empty nesters as our children are all adults. We enjoy taking our dogs Sam (Spoodle) and Tex (Labradoodle) for walks and watching movies.
I am a lecturer in teacher education at the Mackay city campus of CQUniversity Australia. As an early career researcher, my research interests are in explanatory animation creation, multimodality, conceptual consolidation and digital scholarship. I am also a musician and filmmaker.
Before entering academia I worked as a primary school teacher for 17 years. During this time I staged seven whole-school productions and six film festivals at some of Australia's largest theatres; namely the Astor theatre, National theatre, Palais theatre and Village Cinemas.
My interest in multimodality began many years ago when I wrote some content to help people learn to play musical instruments. My first release was enable Bass (1999-2017) which was revised and updated for many years. This content is now available for free as part of this site. Simply click on the icon below or go to http://www.brendanpauljacobs.com/bass/index.html
Likewise, enable Guitar (2006-2017) can be accessed at http://www.brendanpauljacobs.com/guitar/index.html