Undergraduate students’ perceptions about animation based materials used in basic electronic and electronic components course

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Multimedia materials are considered to be an essential component of the educational process. As information technologies evolve, new types of animation-based multimedia learning materials have emerged and taken its place in the educational arena. This study investigates first-year undergraduate students’ perceptions towards the animation-based learning of basic concepts of electronics. The case study research was adopted for the study. Twelve students engaged in using multimedia learning materials, which were developed by the researcher, as supplementary to a onesemester course titled “Basic Electronic and Electronic Components.” The in-depth analysis of the data stemming from interviews and survey resulted in six themes: design components of the animation-based multimedia materials, implementation to other electronic subjects, appropriateness of the animation-based multimedia materials, challenges, benefits of using animation-based multimedia materials, and suggestions. Animation-based multimedia materials prove to be beneficial, interactive and engaging in helping students learn basic concepts about electronics. The findings of the study might have important implications for the instructors, multimedia content developers, and instructional designers.