Using Animation in Elearning: A Tool For Student Engagement

Why is it that we can sit our children in front of Peppa Pig, The Simpsons or Paw Patrol at any time and not hear a pin drop for 22 minutes?

Animation, of course! And that same entrancing spell can be cast over students to elevate their learning experience and abilities beyond their highest expectations! 

He may have been a philosopher and well known public intellectual over 100 years ago. However, John Dewey’s philosophy of pragmatism is a relevant prophecy today more than ever before.  He believed that when it comes to education, students must have an interaction with their environment for a more successful learning experience.

Animation uses visual cues and graphics combined with audio to create an engaging experience for any student.



And we aren’t just talking about your cartoons Mr Disney!  Whether using TupiTube, Videoscribe, Moovly or Pencil 2D, there are various reasons for using animation as a tool to engage students:


1. Students Love Animations Because They Are Relatable!

Have you been to a children’s party? You may have noticed young guests mimicking their favourite cartoon character many times over. This adoration and relatability instantly flicks a switch in a child’s brain when they see animations in the classroom. There is an ease and informality that allows the student to engage with the work, sometimes without even knowing that they are learning.  


2. Animations Are Multi-Sensory and Reactive

Yes, reading is fundamental, but using eyes (the visual component) and ears (the audio component) even touch (clicking to start the animation) is already far more engaging than a student reading a text to themselves or aloud. 

Multi-sensory learning has been proven to be successful in helping students to read and support those who have dyslexia. In many cases, an animation will trigger a reaction or emotion that the student will more likely recall when doing revision or an examination.



3. Animations Can Be Light-Hearted or Deeply Profound

A hilarious animation with a ‘laugh out loud’ reaction can make a student remember anything from the number of days in a month to the 8th number on the periodic table. It can also be used in teaching modern moral behaviour at an early age. Suppose a young student sees a particular behaviour or situation dealt with in animation. In that case, they can empathise and apply that same reasoning/reaction to their own lives. Thus, creating a profound relatable lesson.



4. Age Is Just a Number

There are plenty of adults who are still watching and engaging in animation celebrating their inner child. As we age, the level of text and content consumed increases dramatically. Animation is a refreshing and welcomed break in adult reading/learning. It can be very memorable when it comes to consuming unending subject matter.


5. Sharing Is Caring

On top of reacting, students will naturally gravitate towards sharing an effective animation with fellow students and parents outside the class. In today’s current sharing climate, this leads to further reactions and discussions about ideas and concepts that were only prevalent in a ‘show and tell’ environment. 



Are You Ready to Animate?

Whether a century-old philosophy in the past or an augmented virtual reality-based learning game in the future, the common thread is always 

motivation, motivation, motivation!             

As technology evolves and animation continues to inspire and demand more interaction with students, it will only increase their desire to learn – 

That’s all, folks!