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Literature Review and Internet Research
Research > Literature Review/Internet Research
In order to find out more on our decided topic Visual Learning, we conducted an Internet and Literature Review, going through resources such as online web resources and more reliable resources such as published findings in books and magazines.
Some of the new insights we gained was that through the use of computer animation and graphics, students were better able to understand math and science concepts, particularly those involving visualization of models and processes. The Samba algorithm animation tool, which involves student’s constructing their own animations to illustrate algorithms, was used in an undergraduate algorithms course and as a result, the students appeared to understand the pertinent algorithms with exceptional depth. 
This showed that students were able to benefit more from the use of computer animation and graphics in learning about complicated mathematic algorithms, as the animations enabled them to mentally visualize and conceptualize the complex algorithms. As compared to the conventional methods of “teaching and memorizing”, animation served as an effective visual aid to students in their learning.
Some of the effective learning methods for visual learning include the adequate use of imagery, such as “images, pictures, color” and “other visual media”, of all which can be encompassed in computer animation.(2007) With the visual aids enhancing their learning, students would be more able to visualize the links between different concepts in a syllabus and thus have more organized thoughts and complete understanding of their learning.
Interactive computer animation would be an added bonus to student’s learning, as manipulation of “stop”, “start” and “replay” functions in computer media maximized efficiency of visual learning.(Landsberger, 2007) Being able to manipulate interactive and user-friendly animations to their comfort, students would be able to participate actively in their learning, ultimately yielding better results.
Visual-spatial learners have high tendencies of excelling in creating and re-creating images in their minds, helping themselves to remember and understand what they learn better.(Silver, Strong, Perini, 2000) Therefore, we thought of the idea of integrating memorable images and visual details that would leave a lasting impression into computer media. This would allow learners to have better perceptions and deeper knowledge of the learning concepts and ideas.