5 Best Examples of Animated Science Videos in eLearning
In eLearning, science animation is best used to simplify abstract scientific phenomenon and complicated processes quickly and beautifully. A large number of educators appreciate that animated science videos are a leading solution that brings fun into scientific subjects. Take a look at the 5 best examples of science animation videos below and see how animations help in science education. Also, these examples are good references to imagine how your future science courses will look like. Then, if you tend to make a video, you easily describe your expectation to your animation vendor.
Which types of animation work best for scientific subjects?
There are various types of animation; each type has its pros and cons. However, regarding the purpose of teaching science, we would like to recommend to you the 3 types below:
Perform best in delivering topics that require high accuracy
If your scientific subject requires a high level of accuracy, such as describing a medical training course, you should opt for 3D animations. Why? Because 3D animations could illustrate ideas with more realistic textures. With 3D videos, students have a better experience when observing as they could see lifelike and detailed graphics that might be difficult to see in real life.
As great as their function is, 3D animations can be costly and time-consuming. To produce 1 minute of 3D animation, a studio needs an average of 6 weeks, and the cost could reach thousands of dollars.
2D motion graphics
Visualize anything in the scientific subjects with simple movements.
2D motion graphic describes the flat version of the world. They can’t illustrate things with depth and full angle customization as 3D can. However, 2D motion graphics can visualize anything in the eLearning content with simple movements.
It’s believed that the 2D motion graphics’ key feature is storytelling. Indeed, thanks to this feature, 2D motion graphics can help explain science in a natural way because they make the abstract processes easy to understand. Moreover, 2D visuals and animating process are suitable for those who have low health literacy. They are appreciated in permaculture too.
White background and simple illustrations.
Whiteboard animations are the choice of savvy educators who look for affordable animations. This kind of animated video is simple with hand-drawn like images on a white background.
In a whiteboard animation video, every step of the educational material is SIMPLE to follow. To produce whiteboard animation, you could draw the images and record the whole process with a camera. Or you can do it on a computer with a Wacom. Then let software like Adobe After Effect or Adobe Flash Player do the animating work.
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5 examples of educational animated science videos in eLearning
1. TedEd (a YouTube channel)
TedEd is a well-known organization that curates educational videos using animations, most notably about science. TedEd animating lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.
In this example, the animation is used in biology. Animation proves its advantages in the visualization of the symptoms and kidney stones that can’t be seen with naked eyes. Although it’s originally about a complex and rather boring concept, 2D motion graphics did well in telling a story and bringing joy into the explanation.
TedEd ‘s success in utilizing 2D motion graphics for science subjects can not just be attributed to the stunning graphic design. The key was by making the explainer video bring ease and excitement through storytelling. They know how to make the content relatable, memorable, and entirely entertaining.
2. AsapSCIENCE (a YouTube channel)
AsapSCIENCE is a YouTube channel that produces weekly videos that address a wide variety of science topics. The channel’s goal is to make science fun and accessible to people from all walks of life. In their animated science videos, they tackle questions and issues in a unique way.
Whiteboard animation is chosen to be an amazing explainer and motivation booster for science subjects. Let’s see the below example, animation for physics. It isn’t an accident that AsapSCIENCE chose whiteboard animations to make the videos. They are quicker to produce and more cost-efficient in comparison to 3D animations and 2D motion graphics.
Moreover, a combination of whiteboard animation with impressive narrations is enough to make an amazing explanation for the example videos. What if your airplane door burst open mid-flight? By primarily illustrating the characters, the video tells a story about scientific factors that influence the terrifying thoughts that arise in a flight. However, the animation shows this story in a fun and exciting way to make everything easy to grasp and remember.
3. Sedimentary Design Training (F.Studio’s client)
UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) is moving towards a blended and fully integrated online training delivery for all their courses. The example below is one of the animation series videos for their civil engineering program. Sedimentary consists of more storytelling less of narrating the academic knowledge.
2D motion graphics greatly help to explain various processes that occur in the formation of metamorphic rock. Instead of detailed illustrations on the elements of the rock, the video focuses more on delivering the information by storytelling.
The primary purpose of this animation series is to convert the information from books to engaging animations. Therefore, storytelling is chosen as the easiest way to deliver knowledge and also to give the most natural understanding.
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4. Permaculture Design Online Course 2018 (F.Studio’s client)
Permaculture Design is a program that specializes in practical solutions for developing abundant and sustainable ecosystems. The course follows the MOOCs concept. Geoff Lawton, the instructor, has produced over 700 talking-head types of video for his online course.
In 2017, F.Learning Studio consulted Geoff on how to combine live-action and 2D animated videos in the courses. We worked together to produce 330 animated learning videos under 2D motion graphics type. In 2018, we continued cooperating to create 3D animated science videos for explaining a more complex and abstract system of permaculture.
The 3D animation was adopted in this situation because of their amazing visualization ability to explain permaculture’s difficult concepts. 3D illustrations is a more significant visual aid for explanation mission than 2D ones.
In permaculture, a high level of accuracy is essential. The full angle customization of 3D illustrator does a great job describing the system in detail, (from where to locate the worker accommodations to the storeroom). 3D effects also clearly show the depth and thickness of the straws placed in the chicken house.
5. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell (a YouTube channel)
Kurzgesagt is a youtube channel that produces videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. They want to make science look beautiful because, in their opinion, science is beautiful.
The above example shows the use of animation in social science. The knowledge and theory about overpopulation aren’t people’s primary concern unless you are researching this field. However, K. made this topic easy to understand and relatable to the audience thanks to telling a story and raising a conversational question at the end of the video. Besides, 2D illustrations appease the viewer’s eyes by using nice visuals with appealing colors.
2D animated science videos reduce stress when talking about the population than a whole page full of words. The power of visuals could naturally set the tone of the videos from tediously scientific to humorously informative.
Now you see, the idea of using animation for educational science videos is not new. After seeing the advantages of applying science animation, maybe your next question is: “Which type of animation works better for my course?”. According to the 5 examples above, the 2D motion graphic is the most common choice as it utilizes storytelling for better learning outcomes in the most cost-effective manner. However, it doesn’t mean every course is suited for 2D animations. Take a step closer to animations and better understand its educational value so as to make it easy when choosing the best one for your course!
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