The development of MOOCs results in the rising number of educational videos. Animation and live-action, either have great advantages in bringing new entertaining experiences to learners and providing them the so-called freely revision ability. Both are good but the question is how to choose?
WHICH IS THE BEST TO CATCH LEARNER’S ATTENTION?
Animation is sure the attention grabber.
Who loves the sweet combination of high visual and catchy audio? I tell you, everyone.
Kids love animation: the color, the movement, the soundtrack and the story behind also.
Adults adore animation too! Animation can present well the grown-up perspectives. No matter what you do and what your project’s purpose is, there is always a suitable style in animations for you. You will be surprised at animation diversity. We have animated corporate videos for employee training or explainer videos – a fine tool for marketing, then animated learning videos – videos specializing for education. With various styles like hand-drawn, white-board and vector-based, these kind of educational videos are more academic but still remain the fun element.
What’s about live-action?
Yes, after a long talk and full-of-text presentation, you could live up the atmosphere and show your students a live-action video. The potential of educational videos is unlimited, you can show them whatever concerned in your subject. Just like animation, students would love to watch videos to take a break from a stressful lesson but still learn fun and useful knowledge for academic purpose.
Learning should be fun.
It should be academic and fun. The addition of educational videos, in both animation and live-action forms, to your lesson plans, would keep students entertained and relaxed, then boosts their engagement and concentration.
OKAY, I KNOW BOTH ARE FUN BUT WHAT’S BETTER FOR LEARNING OUTCOMES?
According to Forrester Research, one-minute video equates to 1.8 written words. However, each kind of videos, animation or live-action, has their own advantages in different areas of education.
Animation is way better in presenting abstract and complicated ideas.
The story-telling ability of animation is beyond live-action. Something like “How the brain cells regenerate” or “how the tornado forms” would be impossible for live-action but easily explained by animations. Moreover,
However, live-action brings a more realistic aspect to your lesson.
Live-action expresses expressions more naturally than animation, that’s why
THAT BUDGET PROBLEM…
The cost may vary depending on the quality of both animation and live-action. Many think that producing animation is time and cost consuming, however, it’s not that expensive.
live-action video could be cheap also.
Animation could be affordable too!
NOW, WHAT TO CHOOSE?
It depends on what you need. When it comes to time and cost, no method is better than the other. There are many factors affecting your decision. Before jumping to any conclusions, let’s ask
- What type of subject are you teaching?
- How complex could it be?
- What message do you want to give your students?
- How do you want to approach them?
Or, you could have both.