Animation as an Instructional Design Tool

This is my start of a literature review on animation as a tool for Instructional Designers.  Adding reviews of articles around the topic of why using animation should be your next instructional design tool.  Or put another way, applying animation/video techniques, storytelling and instructional design practices to lesson development.  

Key concepts found include:  Constructivism, Mayer theories, cognitive load theory (channels, modality), active learning(interactivity) , problem-based learning, engagement, student focus, discovery, analogies, efficiency and efficacy, visual, digital literacy, enrichment, simulation, performance, mental effort, multimodal measurements.

First article is an easy one.  Adobe did a study of the GenZ learners and their teachers.


Adobe Studies GenZ

They asked students: How are you more creative?

  • Visual skills, access to greater variety of tools, etc. for expression
  • social skills, personal branding
  • Natural explorers
  • Advantages
  • access to information and ideas, inclusion 

They asked teachers:  What are the challenges?

  • technological dependence
  • independence and logical thinking not adequately developed

One finding:  Learn outside of classroom, learn best when creating, more interactive tools

Supporting this is an article out of Durham University

Correspondent Author: Artemis, Kyriakou, Michaella Court 102, Nikou Kavadia 31, 3046, Cyprus, e-mail:  e-publisher: National Documentation Centre, National Hellenic Research Foundation

Systematic review of the studies examining the impact of the interactive whiteboard on teaching and learning: What we do learn and what we do not

Interactions within classroom.   Teacher—> student  Language of use.  And richer interactions.  quality interactions and classroom discourse.

Externalizing thinking.  formative assessment=interactive, summative=scorin

And from Seoul descriptive questioning: Pandabout: Multimodal Story Learning with Dynamic Memory ConstructionYu-Jung Heo, Eun-Sol Kim, Kyoung-Woon On and Byoung-Tak Zhang, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Seoul National University:

Three types of questions for animations:  1.  story content, 2. visual information, 3. emotional content

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