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Animation Videos - Worth a Try

Original post from February 24, 2020

There are multiple types of #videos that can be used for educational purposes: documentaries, video lectures, scripted plays, white boards, screen captures, and animation; or any combinations of the above. In this post we will talk about videos that use animation and white board videos.


Many things can be said about benefits of using videos in the courses. They are multi-sensory learning tools that create more engaging learning environment and enhance learning experience, if done properly. They foster mastery learning by allowing full control of the pace: pause, rewind, restart, and fast-forward. Animation and white board videos give creators flexibility to present content in simplified and chunked manner for targeted audience.


Animation and white board videos are excellent tools for presenting learners with:

  • concepts;

  • scenarios;

  • processes;

  • tips;

  • testimonials;

  • analogies.


While creating videos it is important to remember learning outcomes and what you are planning learners to achieve. Develop a story line, before creating your video, it will allow you to stay on track and envision the final product. Think about segmenting (chunking) information, and how information will flow through the video.

Use signaling technique to highlight important information (reinforce verbal information with short phrases, highlighted text, or arrows).

Keep your videos short and use multiple means of information representation to keep your learner engaged.


There are many types of software available now on the market to create animation videos; and landscape is constantly changing. In the examples below we are using #Toonly and #Doodly software for animation and whiteboard videos. They are both inexpensive, one time, no membership fees software.

First video has been created in Toonly and highlights #CourseDevelopment process described in one of the previous posts.

Second video has been created in Doodly in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Collins and explains concept of Secondary Sources in academic writing.

Although developing animation and whiteboard videos might require time investment, it will improve quality of the course by engaging your learners in the different ways that "dry" text information does. Try and see it for yourself, the results might surprise you.

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