Tips for Using Animation and Interactions in Training

In Brief...

When developing online training, instructional designers are often called upon to utilize both animations and interactions: tools that can help keep learners engaged in the instruction. Some popular design software for online courses includes Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Articulate and Captivate. All of these programs allow instructional designers to animate content and create interactions.


When creating animations and interactions for an audience, it is important to keep in mind the following:

  • Minimize the use of special effects. It is often tempting to utilize a lot of bells and whistles, but too many special effects can be distracting for learners.
  • Use interactions intentionally. Users will likely have to click through or otherwise interact with this feature, so having an interaction on every page could become tedious and distracting. On the flip side, sprinkling interactions throughout an online course can help keep learners' attention.
  • More audio and less text may work better in animations and interactions. That way, the learners' attention will be on the visual and audio content, versus trying to read text as well as take in what is going on on-screen.

Author: Margaux Judge

Margaux Judge has worked as an e-learning editor and instructional designer for over ten years, writing and editing a wide variety of courses, from technical topics to soft skills. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Television Writing from Boston University.