Fang Zhao

Dr. Fang Zhao Foto: FernUniversität

Dr. Fang Zhao

Junior Research Group Leader "Multimedia"

Email: fang.zhao

Phone: +49 2331 987-4303

Universitätsstr. 11 – IZ / Building 5
Room A 105 (1st floor)
58097 Hagen

What is my role within CATALPA?

As a cognitive and educational psychologist, I lead the junior research group Multimedia and conduct research on the various areas on multimedia learning and multitasking.


CATALPA offers an interdisciplinary working environment, where I can find cooperation partners in different areas. It funds my junior research group, which extends my academic career.

    • Junior Research Group Leader of the Research Group Multimedia at Research Center „Center of Advanced Technology Assisted Learning and Predictive Analytics“ (CATALPA) FernUniversität (since April 2021)
    • Research assistant, FernUniversität in Hagen (2016-03.2021)
    • Research assistant, University Koblenz-Landau (07.2015-12.2015)
    • Ph. D. in Psychology, University of Koblenz Landau (2012-2015)
    • M.A. in Linguistics, Translation Studies, Durham University, U.K. (2010-2012)
    • B.A. in Linguistics, English Language, Henan University, China (2006-2010)
  • I am interested in various topics on multimedia learning: comprehension of texts and graphics, interactive learning with simulation, learning with videos, and exploration-exploitation dilemma in interactive learning. I am also interested in how people learn sequences under multitasking: basic sequence, timing sequence, complex hierarchical sequence like Origami folding.

    • Multimedia
    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Wagner, I., & Schnotz, W., (2022). Lower grade students tend to give up early in multimedia learning. European Journal of Psychology of Education.
    • Zhao, F., & Gaschler, R. (2021). Best graph type to compare discrete groups: bar, dot, tally. Frontiers in Psychology. 12:775721.
    • Zhao, F. (2021). The visibility of the interviewer can affect learning with interview videos. E-learning & Digital Media. 1-17.
    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Schnotz, W., & Wagner, I. (2020). Regulating distance to the screen while engaging in difficult tasks. Frontline Learning Research, 8(6), 59-76.
    • Zhao, F., Schnotz,W., Wagner, I. & Gaschler, R. (2020). Texts and pictures serve different functions in conjoint mental model construction and adaptation. Memory & Cognition, 48(1), 69-82.
    • Zhao, F., Schnotz, W., Wagner, I. & Gaschler, R. (2014). Eye tracking indicators of reading approaches in text-picture comprehension. Frontline Learning Research, 2(4), 46–66.