This paper provides an overview of the approach taken at the 2020 EASST/4S conference in (virtual) Prague to develop an animated approach to the delivery of both an academic paper on the management of risk and uncertain- ty and a “Making and Doing” session on the use of com- ics in learning and teaching. The overarching goal was to embrace the uncertainty that COVID-19 had generated by trying to develop a different approach to the presenta- tion of academic material that had the potential to engage an online audience. This was to be delivered in conditions that were far from optimal and had to do so in a way that the experience could be transferred to the on-campus teaching environment. The paper highlights the approach taken to the development of an animated approach which integrates comic characters into academic material as a means of developing engagement with an audience.


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Fischbacher-Smith, D. 2020, 'Presenting a ‘virtual’ paper in a ‘virtual’ conference: adapting to the challenges posed by a pandemic', EASST Review, 39(2), pp. 23-29. http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/226513/

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