Swimmy is an instructional tool for teaching neurophysiology that requires only a computer. Swimmy is a virtual fish that swims, moving its virtual tail by means of a virtual neural circuit. Swimmy offers students the opportunity to approach a conceptually challenging task of scientific discovery and to get practical experience with the basics of neurophysiology--without the impediments of in vivo or in vitro neurophysiology experiments. Swimmy is available for free, along with student and instructor tutorials.
Read the published article (from the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, Fall 2008, 7(1):A1-A8) about the Swimmy module as a
Download Swimmy Files
Students and Faculty can download the Swimmy Program and Swimmy Tutorials for free.
(1) Download the Swimmy Program: In order to download the Swimmy program, available for both Windows and Mac (OS X 10.5.8 or better), you must first fill out the User Consent/Download Questionnaire (after which you will be directed to the download button). Note that you will still be allowed to download Swimmy even if you choose NOT to consent to anything.
Download the Swimmy program now:
(2) Take the Student Pre-Test: If you are a student and are about to begin the Swimmy module, please take our Pre-Test [NOTE: this will NOT affect your grade]. We are asking you to participate in a study on the efficacy of the teaching module delivered by your instructor. This study will help us to revise this teaching module to make it more effective and to develop new modules in the future so that they are educationally effective, are easy to understand, and successfully meet student needs. Not only will your participation help us make better teaching modules, but your participation may also help your understanding of the material (again, this will not figure into your grade).
--> We ask that you take a short Pre-Test BEFORE the material is presented and also take an idential Post-Test AFTER the module has ended. These little quizzes will help us gauge your gains from this module. The quiz can be taken over the web and should take about 10 minutes. When you take the tests online, please use the SAME, real email address each time, as we will need them for tracking data.
--> Since we are going to ask you to take the quiz as well as fill out an opinion questionnaire after the unit is completed, we request that you give us your email address so that we can send you one, and ONLY one, reminder email. We will NOT be sending you any further emails, nor will we submit your email address to any outside sources. Note: providing you email address is voluntary, as is your participation in this study (see below).
--> Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You are not required to participate to receive or use the materials included in this module.
--> First download the Questions (PDF) then input your answers into the Answer Form (electronic).
- Student Pre-Test - Questions (PDF)
- Student Pre-Test - Answer Form (electronic)
- Student Post-Test - Questions (PDF)
- Student Post-Test - Answer Form (electronic)
- Student Materials Evaluation Q&A (electronic)
For UCLA Students Only
Faculty members interested in accessing faculty-related materials will need to obtain an account. You will first be asked to fill out a consent form. Please see the Faculty Web Page for more information:
Faculty members that already have an account may log in and go directly to the Faculty Swimmy Web Page:
- original .doc versions of all Swimmy tutorials
- Swimmy Instructor's Manual
- Swimmy Quiz Questions
- Swimmy Quiz Answers
- Swimmy Final Report Grading Keys
If you are a faculty member that has individually completed or taught the Swimmy Module, please provide us with basic feedback on the materials used in this module by filling out the multiple choice Faculty Materials Evaluation:
- Faculty Materials Evaluation
(1) Read the published article (from the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, Fall 2008, 7(1):A1-A8) about the Swimmy teaching tool.
Modular Digital Course in Undergraduate Neuroscience Education—Revised: Swimmy by Franklin B. Krasne is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at www.neuron.yale.edu.