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Why You Should Use Animations for E-Learning

While some researchers believe that animations do little to evoke meaningful understanding, there are others who believe that animated movies improve the motivation to learn. The reason is animated movies and shorts employ three distinct learning styles:

  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Kinesthetic

This helps to engage students when exploring new concepts. In addition, when animation is designed to be relevant to their daily life experiences, the learning outcomes are even more positive.

If you are interested in adding animations to your E-Learning courses, there are many reasons why you should.

Tell a Story

There are many reasons to include animations, and one of the most important reasons is they tell the story behind your new learning concept. To illustrate, whiteboard animation is often used to translate complex messages in a way that is visually stunning while capturing the essence of the message.

Students can become easily discouraged if they find a concept is too difficult to comprehend. In cases such as these, animations can help to convey the idea so that they become more curious and motivated to learn.

Bite-sized Learning

E-Learning was built for convenience and has helped thousands of students better their lives from the convenience of their laptops and mobile devices. Online learners can play, pause and re-watch course modules at any time–which, can be after work or even in their office break room.

With animations, you can make E-Learning more digestible. For example, you might have an animated character perform a work-related process using a new software system.

Evoke the Right Emotions

Learning can become disjointed, confused and chaotic. With the right animation team, you can instead focus on a single character or topic at any time during your course schedule.

You can design the animation to be relevant to any situation. You can also single out moving images to make your messages simple and straightforward.

As a result, your online learners can focus better on the single topic at hand.

It is Inherently Interactive

Animations make us want to interact. We want to play around with the characters. Animations can also be quite power in terms of creating an emotional connection.

Furthermore, you can make your animations more interactive by asking questions related to the subject matter or asking your students to click on trigger objects. Soon, the students feel less passive and take a more active role in the learning process.

It Enhances the Learning Process with Audio

Background music, narration and voice-overs can work wonders in terms of creating an emotional ambiance that draws in your students. Plus, the script can clear up any confusion around what is currently taking place.

To illustrate, a narration can explain facial expressions and the surroundings. If you attract a global audience, you can also easily add subtitles and captions.

Pause and Repeat

Many of your learners will not always have time to sit through an entire presentation. Well, that is the beauty of E-Learning–they don’t have to.

Access to content occurs with simple Internet access. The content is always up–as long as the course is still running, so, people can pop in and out. If your learners get distracted, they can easily pause and come back when they have more free time.

They can also move backwards if they wanted to understand a new concept better. As they say, E-learning is convenient.

Final Thought

Animations undoubtedly make your course more engaging and emotionally stimulating. Are you ready to bring your subject to life?