I just discovered a very interesting tutorial on using PowerPoint and Camtasia Studio to create teaching animations. The paper reviews and compares some of the various methods to accomplish the creation of such animations for illustrating concepts in cell biology and biochemistry. The techniques are universal, however, and can be employed in nearly any field where animation might help convey the information you are teaching. From the author Danton H. O’Day, of the University of Toronto at Mississauga:
“There is accumulating evidence that students learn more from animations than static graphics…I will show how pedagogically meaningful and visually appealing animations can be easily made using PowerPoint and a collaborative add-on program, Camtasia Studio.”
You can download the .pdf file here: odayanimationipsi2006.pdf
Read it and enjoy!
Note: A number of faculty members at ORU have started using Camtasia Studio for creating tutorials, recorded lectures and more for online learning. You can review the product at www.camtasia.com. More about applications of this technology will be forthcoming in another post to this site a little later…