Ever wanted to use whiteboard animation for learning? Here is an example of one we did together at our department to visualize what we do.
To complement with words our head of our department Arnold Pears has written a blog post today about what we do.
Whiteboard animation – drawn by #Hannes Hagstrand from #Media production #Digital Learning
Voice – #Madeleine Tucker Smith
Concept – Group work at the #Department of learning
Animations Pros & Cons
Pros – Animations easily visualize and simplify anything no matter how complex it is. One minute of online video equates to about 1.8 million written words, according to Forrester Research. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text in the brain. Animation easily helps students to describe a process.
Self-learning lets students explore different aspects of a problem and figure out by themselves how to solve it. During such a process, students gain a set of skills in critical thinking and problem-solving. However, as a teacher, you have to be aware of the learning objectives that the animations are serving.
Cons – Customized animations are cost consuming even though there is a range of free animations on the Internet, tailor-made productions are very costly, and most will need some sort of designer to help.
There are, however, plenty of cheap software on the web that you can use to make some simple animations. Search for animation tools.