Information-Rich Environments: Single-Sense, Multisensory, and Interactive



This chapter defines information-rich environments, explains the range of information objects that constitute such environments, and outlines the learning affordances these objects offer as identified by decades of research in environments that largely predate the Internet and the World Wide Web. Although research interest in such “traditional” environments has waned in recent years, understanding how the characteristics of various information formats can support learning in their own unique ways is prerequisite to exploiting the full learning potential of today’s information-rich environments. The chapter surveys the learning affordances of single-sense, multisensory, and stand-alone interactive information formats both to explore how these formats can support learning in their own right and to provide a foundation for considering how they can support learning in the more complex and interconnected venues available today. Concluding with a focus on interactivity—the primary learning affordance of the twenty-first century’s most compelling learning environments—the chapter ties information to learning across the full range of information-rich environments.


Information Object Cognitive Engagement Digital Game Motion Medium Instructional Medium 
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  1. 1.College of Information Science and TechnologyDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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