Three Ways to Use Animation In eLearning

Albert Einstein famously said, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” This quote is at the heart of teaching: whether your concept is theoretical physics or how to sell more product—break it down into simple, engaging components. How do you engage a six-year-old? A sixty-year-old? One way is through animation. Animation, when used thoughtfully and intentionally, is a powerful tool for teaching complex concepts in deceptively simple, engaging ways, whether your audience is six-years-old or sixty.

1. What is Animation in eLearning?

Animation is a process of creating the illusion of motion in objects that would normally be static, done for the purpose of telling a story or providing a moving visual to direct the audience’s attention. The history of animation in learning surprisingly dates back over 2000 years, most notably with Chinese and Indonesian shadow puppets, used to entertain and instruct through parables, fables, and cautionary tales.

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