You can use animations when the subject of your presentation calls for visualisation. An animation is any short video with drawn people, objects or text. They help you convey your information. They can also help make a video more “appetising” to viewers. Subjects well-suited to animation include procedures, narrative themes and complicated ideas.
Be careful not to make your information too specialised or detailed. No animation can replace a lecture, book or article. The point of an animation is to explain something briefly and engagingly.
Examples of the use of animations:
Pharmacy internship: This is an example of an animation that was used to demonstrate a procedure. In the animation, we follow a student about to start their internship and the steps they must take.
Knowledge clip month
Educate-it has a theme for every month. This video was created for the Month of the Knowledge Clip.
Before you actually start animating, it’s a good idea to write a script for yourself. You can find such a script in the manual. Scripting will help you think about the contents and structure of your animation. It is also useful for when you’re collaborating on an animation. You can also ask your colleagues to read your script and give you feedback.
You can create your own animation using Vyond. Vyond provides the user with figures, images, templates, movements, music and more to build their animation out of. The programme has many standard options for building scenes while still allowing the user the freedom to upload their own images and music.
Would you like to start working with animations? Educate-it has access to a number of Vyond accounts. The idea is for you to create your animation in a 14-day free trial, for which you can register with your own email address. All of Vyond’s features are available in the trial period, except for saving your animation. After the trial, your account will be linked to a one-day licence, allowing you to save your animation(s) on that day. We recommend that your start scripting your animation well before you register for the trial.
Account requests for education take precedence over accounts for other purposes (such as communication) at UU. Can the animation be used throughout the university? If so, the animation can be developed in collaboration with Educate-it.
The Tool Guide has more information about Vyond, the procedures surrounding licence request and a manual (which includes a video tutorial and an example script). Vyond themselves have an extensive ‘help center’ what contains a lot of additional information.
For questions, please contact the Educate-it desk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.