Learning with animations in multimedia environments
The current state of research on learning with animations compared to static pictures is inconsistent. Thus, it is reasonable to specify why and under which conditions a given type of visualization might be advantageous. An important factor is the informational advantage of animations: Changes of velocity can exclusively be represented in animations, but not in static pictures. This is considered as a precondition for animations to be beneficial within this research project. Accordingly, an instructional material was chosen for which animations and static pictures solely differ in the presentation of dynamic information, namely the changes of velocity.
Based on this plausible advantage of animation, the research project aims at investigating factors, which might moderate learning with animations compared to static pictures. At this, within four experiments the impact of several variables will be analyzed by using the same kind of instructional material.