Methodology -- I found the process of creating
Flash animations to be far more challenging than I anticipated.
The software is very sophisticated, and not always intuitive,
a combination that can become overwhelming at times. I strongly
suggest that anyone new to Flash do one or all of the following:
invest time in going through the training exercises provided with
the software; purchase a user's guide (I relied heavily upon Katherine
Ulrich's Visual Quickstart Guide to Flash 5); take a class;
and/or find a colleague to swap notes with. The end results, however,
are very satisfying animations that are easy to publish on the
web and should enhance student comprehension of dynamic biological
Assessment -- Informal observers have found
the animation easy to understand. Formal assessment has not yet
been conducted because my developmental biology course is offered
in spring semesters. Upon incorporation of the animation into
the course, student assessment will be posted on this web site.