Segmentation of Animations: Explaining the Effects on the Learning Process and Learning Outcomes

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Animations are more and more often used in instruction materials. Segmentation, presenting animations in parts with short breaks in between instead of one continuous stream of information, is one way of optimizing instructive animations for learning. The studies described in this dissertation investigated why segmentation positively influences the learning process and learning outcomes. It was found that the breaks are important for the positive effects, but that showing how the information can be segmented into meaningful parts may also play a role in these effects. Furthermore it was found that segmentation of animations is only favourable for beginning learners.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Merriënboer, Jeroen, Supervisor
  • van Gog, T., Supervisor, External person
Award date5 Jul 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789053355497
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Animations
  • learning
  • instruction material design

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