Researching communication

An interdisciplinary team consisting of usability experts, cognitive psychologists, designers and IT specialist at Fraunhofer IAO conducted the research of different virtual communication scenarios by means of prototypes specially manufactured for this purposed. The main goal was to develop software that effectively supports the user in their communication needs yet avoiding the so-called 'extraneous cognitive load'. For different fields of application and settings, prototypes had been developed and tested with hundreds of test persons. Here are some examples:

The result proved among other things that communication in the virtual room should be modeled on the situation in the real world. In this way it is possible to create software that is simple and can be handled intuitively. At the same time this is the key to high user acceptance and also for effective communication. That is the reason why vitero has its unique patented ergonomics as well as manifold tools for collaboration and moderation - matching every setting.

Experiencing communication

The year 2004 marks the founding of the vitero GmbH and beginning of a success story. With vitero 1.0 the scientific findings could be turned into software and effective communication could be experienced. Over the years the virtual team room has been successively optimized and its functions expanded. The chronology shows that its core principles such as table metaphor, what-you-see-is-what-I-see principle, avatar-based representation of participants or awareness elements keep on being observed - with good reason. They are outstanding features and set standards in 'internet-based communication and collaboration of spatially divided participants and groups'.


vitero 1.0 (2004)
vitero 2.0 (2005)
vitero 3.0 (2007)
vitero 4.0 (2010)
vitero 5.0 (2013)
vitero 8.0 (2013)
vitero inspire

Live E-Communication with vitero:

  • Simple and intuitive handling
  • Moderation possible
  • Based on scientific findings
  • Very flexible and adaptable
  • Tab-proof due to servers in Germany

Bernd Haag:

"With vitero, online tuition is close to classroom reality."

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Awarded for “Distance and Remote Learning”

vitero has been recently honoured as one of the leading providers in Europe by the US magazine Education Technology Insights.

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Patented in the USA: Inspiring virtual environments

Whether in a circle of chairs or during a walk in the woods – in the future, the virtual environments in vitero inspire will encourage creativity and innovative capabilities of users.

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Awarded with the eLearning Award 2020

The jury of the eLearning Journal has decided. The eLearning Award 2020 in the category of web seminars goes to the fischer group and vitero GmbH.

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Winner of the eLearning AWARD 2018 "Virtual Classroom"

Along with the project partner BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, vitero was awarded the eLearning AWARD 2018 in the category "virtual classroom". Learn more in the project report.

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