Motion and Sound
Many people believe that animations can help learners come to understand complex ideas more easily, which is one of the reasons that animations are used in many websites and multimedia titles. Nevertheless, the reasons that are given for this effect vary significantly across a wide range. Some practitioners believe that animations aid learners due to their motivating qualities (Rieber, Journal of Educational Psychology 83:318–328, 1991). On the other hand, other people view animations suspiciously and advocate limiting the usage of animations. Often, they tend to cite the difficulties that learners can have in processing animation or in applying appropriate strategies (e.g., Lowe, Learning and Instruction 13:157–176, 2003).
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