About this website

Most of the animations presented here were created between 2009 and 2013 at the Institute for Technology and Education at the University of Münster under the direction of Prof. Dr. Christian Hein. The splitting of a content into different layers was first demonstrated in the work of Dr. Tamara Riehle. This principle was taken up and further developed in many animations.

Disclaimer: Even if the materials have been created in a university context, the webmaster is solely responsible for any errors.

Animations and learning

Compared to images, animations have a more limited scope in conveying knowledge. “Time” or “change” are such universal media that the effects are not always conscious. Imagine the situation during a walk in the forest. Suddenly something moves and rustles in the bushes. Your attention turns to that very phenomenon.

Movement and noise have an enormous effect in directing attention. Can this effect be put to good use? “It depends.” – you may say.

One thing is certain: “multimedia” is not yet a sign of quality. What matters is that media are designed and used in a targeted manner. Orientation is provided by the findings of perception and learning psychology.

In designing the animations presented here, an attempt was made to take into account as wide a range of findings as possible. The animations are intended to serve as examples and suggestions.

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