International Research Conference, Lancaster UK, 10-12th April 2006
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Mediating between Services and Learning Activities – the User Perspective

Isobel Falconer (1), Allison Littlejohn (1), Gráinne Conole (2) and Ann Jeffery (2)
(1) University of Dundee , (2) University of Southampton


We reflect upon the LADIE project's experience of migrating a concept of user requirements from the teaching practitioner community to the technical developer community in the light of literature on ‘mediating representations' and ‘mediating artefacts'. We show that the practical operation of mediating representations is far more complex than previously acknowledged. We suggest that communities need to overlap, allowing reciprocal communication, to migrate concepts via a representation. If they do not, a chain of intermediate representations and communities may be necessary. Finally, we draw a tentative distinction between mediating representations and mediating artefacts, based not in the nature of the resources, but in their mode and context of use.


Mediating representations, mediating artefacts, learning activities, LADIE, reference models, use cases

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney

Ronghuai Huang,

Beijing Normal University

Vera A. Solis, Universidad Centroamericana

Lawrence Hamburg, Higher Education Academy

Sten Ludvigsen, Intermedia, Oslo

Lancaster University


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