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RSA Animate

July 28th, 2011 by Dave · 5 Comments

The RSA Animate series of video clips is an interesting way to present some very sophisticated ideas to learners. The visual nature of the lectures helps comprehension and helps hold student interest. The lecture above looks at how recent developments in cognitive science change our understanding of human nature. Other lectures deal with concepts like charity, choice, and education, just to name a few. In addition to the various content areas that these lectures could be used in, they would be a great addition to activities working on lecture listening and note taking.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find the RSA website so easy to navigate. For example, I couldn’t find a page that indexed all of the animated lectures. That said, there are many articles and other materials on the website that would be interesting to use in class, so poking around a bit is not a bad thing. If you’re looking for a shortcut, though, here is a search that highlights the RSA Animate lectures. Another approach is to browse through their YouTube channel, which includes many non-animated lectures as well.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Van Brown // Jan 9, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I’ve enjoyed this series. I wish everybody would see it. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

  • 2 Eran Fraenkel // Jan 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Truly inspiring and absorbing. I’m eager to watch the talks already posted and to see new ones as they become available. One question: can you explain how the artist keeps up with the speaker — or are we watching something that’s been edited and prepared before the talk is given to the audience? Thanks!

  • 3 Dave // Jan 17, 2012 at 9:48 am


    Thanks for your comments! My understanding is that these animations are prepared after the fact from recorded talks. That said, there is something called “live whiteboarding” where artists diagram a talk as it is given. I don’t think that’s what is happening here, though.

  • 4 Christian // Jan 26, 2012 at 2:28 am

    These adaptive learning tools are a real inspiration to my work within disabilities (graphic facilitation)

  • 5 Benny // Sep 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This is a genius way to visualise the speech. Im wondering wath program they used making this video. Anybody?

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