- Can comparative scale be used to foster learners’ understanding of structures at a subcellular level?
- Can we teach students to be more critical consumers of visualizations through a demonstration of comparative visualization strategies and techniques?
Research in progress.
- Two animations were developed as part of this project
- The first animation (see below) explains the relative scale of subcellular structures using common everyday objects as a basis of comparison
- The second animation examines how relationships of scale are typically depicted (correctly or incorrectly) in illustration
- These animations have been incorporated into a learning module that tests students understanding of visual scale.
- Data analysis is ongoing
Deconstructing visualizations of subcellular scale as a visual literacy primer for first year undergraduate biology students.
Animation 1: A primer on subcellular scale
Animation 2: Interpreting scale in visualization
About this research project
Because students have to rely on visual literacy skills throughout their undergraduate years and visual literacy is not explicitly taught to students, there is a need for a resource that teaches them how to extract relevant information from visualizations. One particular topic in which students consistently misinterpret visuals is subcellular scale. Using subcellular scale as a case study, this project will create an animation that teaches students about the purposes and limitations of different types of representations so that they learn to think more critically about visualizations.