Knowledge Mobilization

The members of LÉPSIS value activities that encourage professionals to use the knowledge acquired from research carried out by the scientific community. Our interactions with people who work in the community, for example in education or in mental health, are very valuable, because they allow us to enrich our reflection and propose useful research projects for the real world.

This section aims to promote knowledge mobilization by sharing with the scientific community examples of knowledge transfer and mobilization activities as well as resources and tools to make such projects a reality.

Our team has tried and enjoyed using many of these tools; others have been recommended to us by colleagues who have appreciated them. Please note that we have no financial or other type of interests involving these tools; we share them with you simply because we are passionate about knowledge mobilization and we want to help those who wish to do it too!

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Tools for carrying out knowledge mobilization projects

Animation video clips

The Explee platform allows to create “scribing” style animation videos (featuring a hand drawing or writing). You can use the animations offered by the platform or integrate images from external sources. There are several paid plans and it is also possible to get a free trial.

Videoscribe is also an easy-to-use platform for scribing-style videos. The image and music banks open the door to creativity. Although this is a paying platform, it is possible to have a free, week-long trial.

Vyond is a platform that allows for easy video creation featuring animated characters. Several basic models are offered as a starting point.  Although this a paying platform, it is possible to get a free trial period.

The Animaker platform allows to create animated video clips and offers customized characters. The basic models can be enhanced with visual elements offered directly in the platform. A free version and several paid plans are offered.

Filmed video clips

The Zoom software is well known for its videoconferencing functions, but it is also possible to use it to create a video using the “recording” function. You can use screen sharing to show documents (for example, PowerPoint slides), or just use it to film yourself presenting the content.

The mmhmm software is useful for making filmed presentations to which you can add backgrounds or slides (for example, a PowerPoint presentation) for a professional finish. The basic version is free and more options are available with the paid version.

Video clips - Editing

Imovie software is available for free on Mac computers. It allows you to edit filmed video (with a smartphone or with a computer, for example). Using the software, you can add music, sounds, filters, text or images.

InShot is a smartphone applicationdesigned to edit filmed videos, by adding filters, music, sounds and visual elements (images, texts). Two versions of the application are available: a free version that includes ads while using the app, and a paid version without ads.

Brochures and posters

The Canva platform makes it easy to create visuals using templates to which one can add photos or images. You can use this platform for free or use the paid version for more options and flexibility. For the paid version, it is possible to get a free trial.

The Piktochart platform also makes it easy to create visual arrangements using their templates and, again, you can use this platform for free or opt for the paid version which offers more options and flexibility. Last time we checked, a free trial period was not available for the paid version.

The Flipsnack platform makes it possible to create “interactive” online brochures. There is no free version, but you can get a free trial.

Knowledge mobilization projects carried out by students in the “PSY7127 Educational psychology graduate seminar” course

Dr. Véronneau, director of the laboratory, co-teaches this doctoral seminar. The main objective is to cover the broad field of educational psychology for new cohorts of doctoral students who are starting their journey in this section of the department. One of the course assignments involves the creation of knowledge mobilization project on a topic related to educational psychology that targets a specific audience chosen by each team. A review of the scientific literature, discussions in class and contacts with people representing the targeted audience make it possible to develop a full project within a few months. At the end of each academic year, teams who wish to do so are invited to publish their work here.

2020 – 2021 class

The mental health of medical students, by André St-Jacques and Catherine Durand

This is a video intended for medical students and the staff who supports them during their training. The main objective of the project is to raise students’ awareness of various mental health problems, barriers to seeking help and resources available to them. The long-term objective is to prepare the ground for a research project, in partnership with student associations, and to increase the awareness of training institutions on certain issues relating to the mental health of these students. This work will be posted on Facebook groups after changes have been made based on the comments received.

Facilitating distance schooling for students, by Coralie Beaulieu, Lysandre Bourguignon and Audrey-Ann Journault

The team created a series of five videos on the TikTok platform aimed at teenagers who have experienced virtual schooling. The purpose of these videos is to facilitate virtual schooling while taking into account four areas of students’ lives: organization, motivation, mental health and physical health. These resources were published on the TikTok@reussirecoleadistance account and also on the Entraide Jeunesse Québec community network, an organization with whom the team collaborated.

Link to the TikTok account: 

The videos were also gathered and posted on YouTube: 

Managing behavior in students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for teachers, by Roxanne Girard, Audrey Anne Labelle and Félix-Antoine Gravel

In this podcast episode for teachers, the team discusses how to implement scientifically-supported intervention strategies for students with ASD to better manage inappropriate behaviors.  The team collaborated with Nathalie Poirier, Ph. D., full professor at UQAM and a psychologist specialized in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

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