This week, I am focusing on research that supports my decision to create animated videos as teaching tools and my design. I found an article that supports the idea of animated videos being an asset to visual learning and acquiring new skills.
The authors Bello-Bravo, Tamo, Dannon, and Pittendrigh (2017) conducted an experiment in which they presented two teaching methods to a group of rural farmers in Benin. One method was a traditional means of presenting information while the other was a series of videos that were viewed primarily on the participants’ phones. The authors found that not only did the participants learn more from the videos, but they showed great interest in being able to view the videos and share them digitally. In their findings, the authors make it clear that traditional teaching approaches produced results in learning, but the digital approached produced much higher results when it came to knowledge acquisition.
The authors also see potential in their specific animated videos to be able to be translated and used in other contexts, cultures, and populations.
This article is helpful for me because I do need to defend my choice of design and production. Animated videos are highly favored by businesses and there is great value in transferring them to use in education. This article focuses on a very different audience learning something very different than what I am creating, but overall the benefits are transferable.
Right now, I am finalizing a proof of concept video for my committee. I have given them a project proposal and a bibliography of my sources, which they have sent me feedback on. I am going to turn in my final committee list this week.