Use animation to enhance online learning experiences
Is educational animation used just to improve the professional look of a course?
Obviously, if done right, animations could bring a fresh and dynamic vibe to the online learning, even the most complicated and academic courses.
However, the advantages of animation are beyond visual design. Many educational organizations have been using animated learning videos to enhance the learner’s experiences, not only through look but also quality. With a proper script and lesson plan, the addition of educational animation could make big differences.
Educational animation, what is it?
Just take it as simple as this: educational animation works like any other cartoons you watch every day but specializes for educational purposes. A series of images that simulates movement and brings joy to learners regardless of their age, gender or background. The concept is to create a fun and yet informative animated video to bring new exciting online learning experiences to students. It provides them a getaway from a full of stress and text lesson to more entertaining one.
How animation enhance online learning experiences?
Learning is supposed to be fun.
The key here is fun. Animations naturally bring a fun element to the lesson, make it more engaging and motivational. Motivation plays an important part in eLearning. Most online learners keep track of their own time, hence they need lots of encouragement and attention from educators. However, keeping track of every student is nearly impossible for lecturers. Then we have animation as a solution to keep students motivated while guaranteeing academic learning outcomes.
Moreover, animation has an excellent explaining ability. 1 minute of video equates to 1000 words. The animation could express everything. A live-action video could give students experiences in sounds and visuals also. However, live-action is greatly limited if it is related to intangible things.
How to make an educational animation?
An animation is not that hard to produce. You don’t need a professional studio to create your own animation. Your decision depends on your expectation of the quality.
Self-produced animations. Lots of our clients decided on pre-made animation software as an alternative way before changing to tailor-made animated learning videos. There are various animation tools that offer a wide range of templates with pre-designed assets like characters, illustrations and more. The most common found in the market must be GoAnimate, PowToon, and VideoScribe. They allow people without animation background to quickly create animated videos with quality.
However, this turns out not a long-term investment. The softwares provide animations with no sense of unique. Since they are pre-made templates, it does nothing to branding, in the long run, not to mention predesigned platform could create limitations to your teaching content. A quality and fully customized studio animation may be a good investment then.
How to make an effective educational animation?
There are lots of research on the impact of animation on learning. Some result in great enhancement while some show no improvement. The difference lies in how the animation is prepared and designed following 3 key elements: cognitive load, student engagement, and active learning. These elements could be broken down into these tips:
- Visual and audio representation: This plays a vital role in student engagement. Adding visual and sounds boost students motivation, which later results in better learning outcomes. However, make sure to keep them complementary rather than redundant.
- Short and sharp: Eliminate extraneous information to keep it concise in no longer than 5 minutes. Break down the lessons into smaller parts and help students identify and focus on the key points.
- Easy to understand: learning experience should be enhanced when information is presented in a conversational way. Animation is supposed to give students easier approach for their better understanding.
The application of technology in education industry has been rising rapidly. Teaching is no longer limited to books and text. The materials have been expanded to presentations, games, and animation. With great visuals and sounds, animation gives students new exciting online learning experiences.
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