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Introducing ICT-based Multimodal mapping

Eight functions of multimodal mapping

Nigel Riley

Year of posting: 2007


8 Functions of multimodal mapping:

1. To direct thinking: as a teaching presentation tool, to organise topic coverage and group activities.


2. To stimulate discussion and dialogical learning: to promote speaking and

listening skills.

3. To generate creativity: to identify ‘conceptual spaces’ and stimulate ‘possibility‘ thinking.

4. To facilitate higher order thinking: to generate thinking skills through finding relationships and identifying gaps in understanding.

5. To generate writing by scaffolding ideas: ideas can be represented through strong visual images and can contain pictures and graphics.

6. To promote collaborative learning: mapping can be used to generate group work in discussion activities or map production activities.

7. As an assessment tool: mapping can provide evidence for formative assessment in assessment for learning activities and as a learning self-evaluation tool in personalised learning.

8. Publication and display: visual and text representations provide a stimulating form of presentation.


Multimodal mapping, graphic representations


Key question:

How do we use multimodal mapping?

Key question:

How can we access external and internal representations which indicate quality of learning?


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