1. Hi Darryl,

    I have never seen this GoAnimate service before! It was a great selection to engage listeners – it prevented the video from being too bogged down by text (but it was great to see some text to help solidify the main points). I also applaud your ability to tie the new material (i.e., deep vs surface learning) to material listeners are probably already familiar with (i.e., active vs passive learning). It was a great way to ensure the new terms were understood, especially given their abstract nature. The examples continued to reinforce understanding by referencing things we could easily recognize in our lives. I appreciate your note that students prone to surface learning should not be negatively regarded, but instead provide an opportunity to us as teachers. My only suggestion would be to provide some tips on how to do exactly this!

    All the best,


  2. Hi, Darryl,

    The animation in your video is fantastic! I’ve seen animation in videos like this before and I’ve wondered how to construct a message that reflects an interesting topic while keeping the topic interesting. I liked your references to the democratic leadership method and Edgar Dale’s “Cone of Learning” embedded in the video.

    I’d like very much to read your citations at the end of the animation or in the description section of YouTube. I opted to include my citations in the description section of YouTube underneath the video. Democratic leadership is a recurring topic in public administration that I find interesting.

    Best regards,



  3. Hi Darryl,

    Your learning module video on surface and deep learning was very creative and engaging. I really liked how at the beginning of the video you tied your personal experiences and perspective into developing the idea of using what you learn in your practice. Moreover, the information and graphics make the video effective in communicating the key concepts of surface and deep learning. The only thing that would have been interesting to see in your video was more teaching strategies on how to promote deep learning, while avoiding things that promote surface learning. Moreover, it could have been interesting to add a section in the video that addresses situations where students and teachers may engage in both types of learning based on the concepts being learned and the context of the situation.


  4. Hi Darryl,

    I love the animation you used in your video! I am not familiar with this platform, so you’ll have to tell us more in class on Saturday how this worked. I have to ask a stupid question: did you draw this yourself, or did the platform do this for you? Also, the Cone of Learning was very informative and helping me better understand the concept of deep learning. The student-specific example was helpful also teaching me the concept. This video was engaging and kept my attention the entire time. You fit so much information in under five minutes, which really impressed me. If I had to make one suggestion to enhance the video, I would suggest that you spend just a bit more time on the Cone of Learning. Great job!

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  5. Hi Darryl,

    Loved the “Darryl Thornton Production” of deep vs. surface learning. The examples of the two opposite students really personified the concepts and made it easy to understand from the point of view of the viewer.

    I can’t think of anything that I would change. But, I’ll bet you could do follow-up videos to continue the topic (in your copious spare time).


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  6. Great job, Darryl! Dean Boschung would be proud. 🙂 It’s funny how you & Tony covered the same topic, with two completely different styles, yet had similar key messages. Loved the animation – you’re going to have to give me a tutorial! Also, this type of video would be really good for students to watch. We stress this all the time in the classroom (or on our syllabi), yet our messages at times can become clutter or noise. Only suggestions: provide tips to encourage this in our students (or magic spells).

    Thanks Darryl!

    – CB


  7. Darryl,
    Wonderful presentation. The message of deep and surface learning was well presented. I liked the animation, it brought a playful touch to the content. One and only one critique (or maybe a personal question of mine) is how does one help as student along from being a surface learner to a passive learner. You mentioned the Tell-Show-Do method at the beginning, but does one actually make the switch from surface to deep, or are we born that way?


  8. Hi!

    Love your opening quote – it’s actually on my desk at work. Though, someone told me Ben Franklin said it. Maybe he did. Either way – it’s a good quote!

    I love your use of graphics. I was smiling the entire time. This made for an easy way of learning the material. Your presentation was a good mix of theory and practical examples.

    I love your examples of deep / active learning. This is important for me as I think about how to encourage deep learning in my students moving forward. For surface learning, I’m actually going to consider those examples in my own learning as a doctoral student. I’m asking myself now how I can do better with this moving forward even in this semester.

    You have a good understand of the topic and your confidence in teaching it was helpful for me. For you, why is it important for teachers to encourage deep learning for your students, particularly in your discipline?



  9. Hi Darryl,

    I really enjoyed your video. It was very creative. As I was watching it I began to think about what techniques I could utilize in the classroom to promote deeper learning. I also realized that during my high school and undergraduate education I was heavily reliant on surface learning to simply “get through it”. This technique never resulted in a deeper understanding of the topics. In my opinion, your video is not only helpful to teachers but to students as well. I do not have any critiques at this time. Your video was informing and very viewer friendly.


  10. Darryl,

    Thanks for sharing this video. I really enjoyed the use of Goanimate as the platform for your video as it kept me engaged and interested. I agree that Tell, Show, Do is a crucial part to learning especially in fields such as yours and mine that have a direct application element in many of the classes the students take. I wonder how this concept would translate to a history class or even a literature class where the goal is more focused on information retention than information application.

    I want to thank you for including Dale’s Cone of Learning. This is my first education class and I had not been exposed to this in the past. I thought that it provided a clear relation to the concept of active vs passive learning that I was already familiar with. In looking at that Cone and listening to the behaviors you described in your two examples; it got me thinking. We all know that deep learning is the “better” way to learn, but I wonder if there are significant differences is class performance between deep and shallow learners? Do some students become shallow learners because that is what we the teachers put on the tests? What are the key takeaways within this information that the students need to know? This all comes back to class assessment which is an area I look forward to learning more about. What are more diverse ways that we can measure student success that might lend towards deep learners having better class performance.




  11. Darryl,

    I love beginning presentations with quotes and your quote choice was certainly an appropriate choice. I really like the program you chose to create the animation; it’s a nice change of pace. I think the way you created sample students to use as examples made the topic easy to understand. I am impressed by your ability to stay under 5 minutes and still pack so much information into the video. Great job!


  12. Darryl,

    I loved the animated element of your video–it broke the mold used in other videos (including mine). I also liked the connections you drew between deep and active learning, analysis and other learning techniques. These helped me reconsider your topic in light of what we read in Barkley’s book this week. Your examples are thorough and easy to understand, even if I was a little spooked by the classroom full of Ashleys, haha. I recognized the student tropes you deployed to prove your points. However, I wonder if there’s a way to make these observations while still recognizing that deep learning doesn’t look the same on all students, and that we can’t always tell how students learn by their classroom conduct alone. That said, your video was both skillfully executed and informative.

    Thanks for sharing!



  13. Your topic was one that I thought I knew a little bit about, but your video truly brought the topic full circle. I absolutely loved your use of animation and your graphics were a great help. The only suggestion I have would be to use more times for some of the slides and graphics. This could have easily have been a lecture presentation and I would feel equipped to past the test.


  14. Hi Darryl,

    I love this GoAnimate tool! I love the visuals and and how the animations mimic a classroom. This video shows you, and tells you, how this can be used and seen in the classroom. Following your quote, I really felt involved in your video and it kept my attention the entire time.

    The only critique I can muster is the “drawing hand” was a little overwhelming sometimes. Key word: sometimes. II watched this on full screen, so the giant hand opened up an anxiety I didn’t know I had – or maybe it’s reminiscent of the giant hand/glove from The Yellow Submarine (it’s the bad guy’s pet and it’s kind of traumatic).

    This is amazing! Great job.


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