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Representations of Information Spaces in Educational Tools

, , University of Western Ontario, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


An educational tool’s interface is its epistemic locus where learners engage with an information space. Since information is not tangible, it must be externalized in the form of representations. There are innumerable representations for encoding information. Different representations engage learners in different thought processes. In order not to design educational tools in an ad hoc manner, designers would benefit from having access to design frameworks that provide a systematic classification of representation design possibilities. This paper proposes such a framework. It classifies all representations of information into 8 categories and discusses their utilities. This framework can provide a means by which an entire tool’s interface can be analyzed, designed, and/or evaluated.


Sedig, K. & Parsons, P. (2010). Representations of Information Spaces in Educational Tools. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 905-910). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 30, 2022 from .


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