Title: Four stages in designing educational hypermedia

Authors: Piet Kommers

Addresses: University of Twente, Educational Science and Technology, Department of Instrumentation, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Abstract: The design of educational hypermedia is often seen as a process of gradually progressing from content into interaction design. In the final shaping of the hyperlinks, menus and orientation pages, too many decisions are normally made at the same time. This article presents a four-stage design process that gives more attention to the conceptual and metaphoric aspects to be covered. Schematic representations are proposed as the main devices to validate design steps. A repertoire of concept mapping tools is discussed. The full sequence of conceptual, metaphoric, structural and navigational design is finally integrated as a scaffolding method for project teams in hypermedia developing projects. The conceptual exploration method was applied and evaluated in the 1977 Summer School of Nova University at Lauderdale, Florida.

Keywords: conceptual design; metaphoric design; hypermedia; navigation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2000.000356

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2000 Vol.10 No.1/2/3/4, pp.142-166

Published online: 16 Jul 2003 *

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