Concept Mapping in Interaction Design


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Lecture slides from the Interaction Design Methods course, 23 February 2013, Tallinn University.

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Concept Mapping in Interaction Design

  1. 1. Concept Mapping inInteraction DesignIFI7156 Interaction Design Methods
  2. 2. (Vicwood40, 2005)
  3. 3. Elements of a concept map• Focus question• Concept terms• Linking lines• Labels
  4. 4. Role in interaction design• Summarizing design sessions• Establishing user interface vocabulary• Building a common understanding in a project team• Providing input for information architecture
  5. 5. Process1. Identify a focus question2. Write down main concepts3. Choose the most general concept and categorize other concepts under that4. Connect concepts with linking lines and choose appropriate labels5. Introduce intermediate concepts when you have more than 4 concepts under any concept
  6. 6. Types of links• causal (leads to, produces)• explanation (is a reason for)• nominal (known as)• property (consists of, has)• procedure (results in, done by, way to do)• probable (likely, always)• event (comes before) (Loganathan, 2010)
  7. 7. Concept mapping software• CmapTools:• Visual Understanding Environment: http://
  8. 8. Why not mind maps?• Only one central concept• No linking labels• Typically only linear structure (Nicoguaro, 2011)
  9. 9. Examples
  10. 10. (Leinonen et al, 2010)
  11. 11. (Põldoja & Väljataga, 2010)
  12. 12. (Põldoja et al, 2011)
  13. 13. References• Leinonen, T., Purma, J., Põldoja, H., & Toikkanen, T. (2010). Information Architecture and Design Solutions Scaffolding Authoring of Open Educational Resources. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 3(2), 116–128. doi:10.1109/TLT.2010.2• Loganathan, M. (2010). Concept map vs mind map. muralidharanl/concept-map-vs-mind-map-6287765• Nicoguaro (2011). Mind map guidelines. File:MindMapGuidlines.svg• Põldoja, H., & Väljataga, T. (2010). Externalization of a PLE: Conceptual Design of LeContract. In The PLE 2010 Conference Proceedings. Barcelona: Citilab.• Põldoja, H.,Väljataga, T., Laanpere, M., & Tammets, K. (2012). Web-based self- and peer- assessment of teachers’ digital competencies. World Wide Web. doi:10.1007/ s11280-012-0176-2• Vicwood40 (2005). Concept map.
  14. 14. Photos• Aaron E. Silvers,
  15. 15. Hans Põldojahans.poldoja@tlu.eeInteraction Design Methodshttp://ifi7156.wordpress.comTallinn UniversityInstitute of InformaticsThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit
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