Design languages, notation systems, and instructional technology: A case study

  • Sandie H. Waters
  • Andrew S. Gibbons


Notational systems, used in mature fields of study, are closely related to design languages. The future of a technological field depends on the ability to communicate ideas and changes with others in the field. Instructional technology is one field that can benefit from a notation system enabling designers to duplicate, execute, and communicate their ideas.

In this paper, we look at several mature fields, including chemistry, musicology, and choreography, to discover elements where a mature design language and notation system have developed. We illustrate a number of dimensions that can help designers form their design languages and select the characteristics of their notation systems.


Instructional Designer Emotional Content Instructional Technology Notation System Design Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandie H. Waters
    • 1
  • Andrew S. Gibbons
    • 2
  1. 1.Instructional Technology Department at Utah State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Instructional Psychology & Technology Department at Brigham Young UniversityUSA

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