Animation in eLearning

How animation can help to get a point across?

Animation in eLearning

In recent months eLearning has become a hot topic. With many people having to learn remotely – and even work from home – there has been an increase in interest in remote learning. For a lot of people, eLearning is the easiest and most convenient option. If a course is structured well to keep the student engaged, being able to study as and when they want is a major benefit.

eLearning also addresses the problem of poor attention span. By splitting longer courses and presentations into much smaller segments the viewers attention can be held. One more way to keep your students engaged and interested is to introduce variation. They don’t want to watch you all the time! Animation is a good tool in eLearning and here are some ideas for you to think about.

When Animation Works

There is a school of thought that animation detracts from the serious element of a teaching course. This can be true, yet it is also a reason to use it! Tedium is the major enemy of the eLearning student – and of the tutor – and animation introduces a sense of fun and variation into the presentation.

You can make animations interactive, allowing the student to pause and replay the scene, and give them information in a fun and interesting way that is also engaging. You can use animation for most subjects – from the arts to law and other more staid subjects – and to good effect. The use of animation software is very popular when designing eLearning courses.

Teaching Interaction

For less academic courses – perhaps one that is designed to teach the right way to deal with customers – animation is an excellent and effective method of getting a point across. The animated character can be the customer or the customer services individual, and can be shown doing things the wrong and right way. This can be done quickly and concisely, in keeping with the idea of short modules being easily digestible.

Animation can also be used as an interactive tool to render complex subjects easy to understand. By using a series of animated slides, for example, that break the subject down into very short segments, the student is able to take it in bit by bit and build up a full picture that comes together once all the elements have been introduced. Animated characters are more viable for this sort of teaching as they can be manipulated in ways real people cannot.

Eliminating Distractions

It’s easy for a student to become distracted when in an eLearning environment. Learning at home may mean having the family in and out of the scene, or there may be a call to answer or someone at the door. A short, animated presentation can be paused and rewound, and then watched again, with the viewer able to ensure their attention is focused.

It’s worth looking more closely at the use of animation in short eLearning presentations as it is a simple and effective tool that can get a point across very well indeed.

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