2017 AMI Online Salon

The Human Genome

Project Detail

  • Category: F-1 Animation – Didactic/Instructional – Non-commercial
  • Media: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere
  • Audience: Pre-healthcare learners
  • Final Presentation format: Video in a course on an online learning platform
  • Illustrator: Joanne Muller, MA, CMI, FAMI
  • Contributor: Tasha McAbee, MS, CMI, Christine DeGennaro, PhD, Marshall Thomas, PhD, Michael J. Parker, MD
  • Client: In-House Project: Harvard Medical School, Office of Online Learning, HMX

Project Description

This animation is integrated into the first lesson of the HMX Fundamentals Genetics course as a “hook” for the course. The goal of the animation is to introduce some basic principles of genetics while highlighting the role of genes in everyday traits and other, less common conditions. The animation ends with one of the course instructors posing thought-provoking questions such as “How can we understand what a gene does?”, “What can DNA tell us about our risk of disease?”, and “How can information from our genomes improve medical care?”. Without sacrificing accuracy the narration and visuals have been carefully chosen to distill information vital to our pre-healthcare level audience with the goal of focusing on the learning objectives while helping students avoid getting lost in the complexities of an evolving science.