Chapter 11 – White Space

White space or negative space is important to allow the learner to frame the content and understand the concept. Space can be used to help direct the learner’s eye towards important information by chunking and separating instructional elements. In Chapter 11, Linda Lohr (pg. 272) illustrates that space is important to help the learner to receive clear instructional concept. If the space is overcrowded or busy looking, then the learner would be over stimulated and frustrated with learning the concept. Another hinder in learning is trapped space. For example, if the learner had a learning disability, then white space can be used to clear any diversions from learning the concept.
Trapped space traps the eye to a meaningless place or is not aligned properly and doesn’t look right when viewing the concept.

It is important to remember that white space does not serve as a dead space, but that it is an important element as any other instructional design feature. Linda Lohr described that space can be used to clarify text; essential features can provide the reader to increase in the rate of reading and to recognize redundancies, access relevant pieces of information, and to see the structure of the document (pg. 274). Space and balance can enhance learning by distributing the information. The equilibrium provides the symmetry of visual arrangement which helps the learner to transition from one visual element to the next.

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My name is Christina DeLeo, I am a grad student working on completing my Master's of Educational Technology degree at Boise State University.

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