School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Animating Explanations: Is it Funning Up or Dumbing Down?

Understanding and retaining information are the two cornerstones of learning. The mode of presentation affects understanding. In particular, animated explanations can reduce cognitive load and help students understand new material. In addition, students enjoy watching animated explanations on the Internet. The question we address is whether animations support or detract from retaining material over time. We also introduce a novel methodology for gathering data and conducting interviews online.

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