FREE Animation Tools for Instructional Designers!
I love trying out new software applications, and of course I love free tools that help me design engaging e-learning modules quicker!
Why include animated video in an e-learning module?
Instructional designers, trainers and educators have known for quite a while that using animated videos can increase learner engagement. Of course, the content of the video is paramount–to promote learning, the content has to be relevant to the learning objectives or training goals. It’s also helpful to have the learner interact with the video in a meaningful way, rather than simply passively watch the video.
Two Free Animation Tools
A couple of tools I use regularly when creating self-paced, interactive e-learning modules are PowToon and Plotagon. I like PowToon particularly for creating short, explainer videos, and Plotagon is great for creating scenario-based e-learning. Both tools are simple to use, and both have plenty of examples, tips, templates, and tutorials on their websites to help users learn to use them. I created a couple of brief example videos to demonstrate the types of animated videos you can produce in just a few minutes with these tools. I used Storyline 2 to insert a hyperlink to each animation site at the end of each video, should you want further information.
Below are a couple of short examples of how you can create interactive e-learning experiences using each tool. In addition to PowToon and Plotagon, I also used Storyline 2 in the creation of these examples:
What are your favorite tools for creating animated videos? Have you tried either PowToon or Plotagon? If so, what has been your experience with them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!