Educational Functions

Animations can function in two main ways to foster learning. First, they can have an affective function whereby they engage learner interest and sustain motivation. This function is similar to that of animations produced by the entertainment industry. However, educational animations can have a second and very different function - that of helping learners to understand and remember the content that they are required to study. This cognitive function is about facilitating knowledge-building processes that are fundamental to effective learning.

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