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The power of animation in elearning

It’s time to say goodbye to dry textbooks and monotonous lectures and turn to the latest trend of eLearning. But if you are looking for ways to jazz up your eLearning course and ditch the static PowerPoints, animation is your secret weapon. Animation can revolutionize your content, turning it into a vibrant, engaging experience that captures learners’ attention like never before. Pixeldust’s guide to incorporating animation into your eLearning course will help you boost engagement, increase retention rates, and amp up interactivity. So get ready to unleash the full potential of animated learning – because who said education can’t be fun?

benefits of animation in elearning

Animation is a stellar tool when it comes to eLearning. According to a survey by Times Higher Education, 88% of respondents felt more engaged when animation was incorporated into their eLearning courses. Not only that, animation breaks down complex content into easily digestible chunks, making information easier to understand and retain. With its unique presentation, animation also ensures that key concepts stick with learners—much like a catchy jingle that stays in your head. Animation also allows instructional designers to incorporate interactivity into their programs, offering immediate reinforcement and encouragement to learners and creating an all-around positive, constructive experience. In fact, the same survey stated that 83% of respondents found learning more interesting and entertaining with animation. So, why not give your course that animated edge and make learning not just effective but enjoyable?

ways to use animation in elearning

Now that you understand how animation can benefit your eLearning program, let’s break down some ways to incorporate it into your course. 

  • First, make each lesson pop with explainer videos. Instead of droning on in walls of  text, actively show learners what is happening with dynamic, engaging animation.
  • Interactive elements, like drag-and-drop slides or short quizzes, transform your course into a virtual playground, allowing users to explore complex themes, practice skills, and dive deep into topics.
  • Showing data through animated infographics is also a fantastic way to liven up any chart or graph. It allows learners to visualize and understand the data, making it more memorable.
  • Adding a touch of storytelling evokes emotion and personalizes the experience for the learner. You can bring interesting characters to life and inject a splash of fun into your program through humor.
  • And let’s not forget micro-animations—those subtle, guiding nudges that lead learners through the content smoothly. These are especially helpful when providing instructions or explaining a process.

Remember, animations aren’t just about looking good; they’re about creating an interactive, consistent, and accessible learning experience. These ideas should get you started on the right track.

helpful tips

Once you have your plan in place, it’s time to start implementing it. But there are some things to keep in mind so your program stays true to its educational goals. 

  • First, create each animation with purpose; don’t be flashy for the sake of it. Excessive animated elements can overstimulate and distract learners from the content. Focus on how each animation can enhance clarity and understanding, rather than being hidden behind showy effects. Remember, less is often more!
  • In the same vein, avoid information overload. Keep text minimal and let the animation do the talking. Remember the key to an eLearning course is micro-learning, breaking down information into smaller bits and pieces. Animations should simplify your content, not complicate it.
  • Keep consistent with branding. It can confuse learners if your fonts or animation style change halfway through the program. For a seamless experience, stick to a consistent design, especially if you’re creating a course for an organization with a specific style.
  •  Let your content guide your animation choices. For scientific information, 3D animation might be ideal to showcase lab equipment or complex processes. In contrast, 2D or whiteboard animation could be more effective for humanities topics, connecting themes across units. Choose the style that best suits the subject matter to maximize the effectiveness of your platform.


By following these tips, you’ll create a visually stunning, effective, and enjoyable eLearning experience that learners will love!


By now, you should have a solid grasp of how to turn your eLearning courses from mundane to magical with animation. By thoughtfully using animation to engage, simplify, and enhance your content, you can make learning not only effective but also fun and memorable. For some inspiration, check out Pixeldust’s interactive course for UC Berkeley, “Psychedelics and the Mind.” It’s a perfect example of how to use animation to create an engaging and interesting learning experience.

So, let your creativity run wild and transform the educational experience into something bright, dynamic, and endlessly exciting.