Designing virtual humans for web-based learning processes


The term ‘unpaced’ denotes a mode of information presentation and processing that allows recipients to decide fully autonomously, on the basis of their individual cognitive status (which includes background knowledge), which specific information is accessed, in what order and speed it is taken up, and to which depth of processing it is subjected. The classic example for the unpaced type of information processing is reading a book; hearing a lecture is, conversely, an example of paced processing. As this latter form of presenting information cannot make allowances for the recipients’ often widely diverse cognitive resources, but forces them into an outside-controlled online processing, it is usually less effective than the unpaced mode (at least if the nonverbal behaviours accompanying the lecture do not compensate this shortcoming).


This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by the European Social Fund of the European Union.

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