Understanding Explanatory Animation
An Introduction to Cognitive Design and User Support
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What is It and for Whom is it?
Understanding Explanatory Animation is the first comprehensive book on the psychology of using and understanding explanatory animations. It is aimed at students, teachers, educators, trainers, animation designers, cognitive and educational psychologists, and anyone who wants to know how to benefit the most from explanatory animations.
Firmly based on empirical research conducted over the past 20 years, the multi-touch book covers the perceptual, cognitive, and self-regulative processes which underlie the use of explanatory animations. Various principles for animation design and strategies for cognitive user engagement are explored. Numerous animations exemplify the addressed principles and concepts.
Why this book?
When you can't see the forest for the trees
What this book is and isn't about
The focussed processes
What characterizes animations?
Promises — How animations are supposed to facilitate understanding
When the going gets tough — Why understanding animations can be demanding
Eyes wide open, minds on! How animations are successfully processed
What is it for? Why goals matter
Display it properly! Design that promotes understanding
Taking the user by the hand — Add-ons for user support
Make me think! Techniques and strategies for cognitive user engagement
Did I get it? Assessment for understanding from animation
Rolf Ploetzner received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Freiburg (Germany) where he specialized in cognitive and educational psychology. In the course of his research career, he has participated in various research projects at the University of Freiburg, the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh (U.S.A), and the Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC) in Tübingen (Germany). Since 2002, he has been a Full Professor of Media in Education at the University of Education in Freiburg.