The Educational Value of Cues in Computer Animations and Its Dependence on Individual Learner Abilities
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AbstractThe present study investigates in an empirical setting the instructional relevance of signals in computer animations and the role of learners spatial ability. Therefore a signaled and a non-signaled animation about the biomolecule ATP-Synthase were produced and compared. The animations were presented via video projector to students of biology. A post-test revealed significant better results of those students who had access to the animation with signals, a pattern that held true for students with low as well as high spatial ability. However, students with high spatial ability performed significantly better at both computer animations.