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The Art and Science of Learning Design

posted Dec 14, 2011, 11:35 PM by Yotam Hod   [ updated Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 PM ]

Call for Participation

Investigative Workshop:
“The Art and Science of Learning Design”

13-14 October, 2011

Hosted at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, 23-29 Emerald Street, London, UK

Sponsored by: STELLAR, The European Network of Excellence in TEL

The Learning Design Grid team, a STELLAR Network Theme Team, is organising ASLD 2011, an investigative workshop in Learning Design to be hosted at the London Knowledge Lab. This innovative, exploratory workshop will cover not only empirical and theoretical issues but also software and tools. We invite submissions of position papers (up to 4 pages) on one of four thematic strands of Learning Design:
  1. Theoretical Frameworks
  2. Tools and Resources
  3. Practices & Methods
  4. Representations

Submission Guidelines

Submissions can take the form of either (1) position papers or (2) extended abstracts and overviews of Learning Design software systems.

In the case of Learning Design software, participants must submit a written overview and description of the software system (up to 4 pages). Participants within this strand must be able to provide access to a working version of the software either on the web or on laptops provided by the London Knowledge Lab in advance of the workshop.

All accepted contributions presented at the workshop will be published in an edited volume in the Sense TEL series. Authors of Selected papers will be invited to submit significantly revised and extended versions of their manuscripts to be considered for publication in a Special Journal issue (confirmation pending).

All papers and posters should be submitted through the EasyChair system at in PDF format.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:  Aug 15, 2011
Notification of Acceptance for Papers and Posters:  Sep. 15, 2011
Workshop Dates: 13-14 October, 2011

The workshop is a two-day event, beginning in the early afternoon on the first day to allow participants to travel to London on the day.



Paper Submission: (Easychair:

Contact: Brock Craft

Workshop Format

Day 1 Theory and Critique (Thursday 13/10/11)

Day one will be focused on the theory and critique. It will open with a plenary, and then divide into groups dedicated to the separate strands. In each group, the selected papers or demos will be presented and discussed. Strand participants will collaboratively construct an integrative map connecting the various contributions (tools and resources for constructing this will be provided), followed by pleanary discussions. This will be followed by a second group session, cutting across strands - participants will form different groups and will map tools and resources to frameworks on one hand and to practices or representations on the other.

Day 2 Tools and Methods (Friday 14/10/11)

Day two will be focused on practice and exploration of existing software and design methods. Participants will be able to use learning design support tools and methods that they may not have engaged with before. Attendees will prepare for this by bringing along an exemplar learning design from their own practice, which they will attempt to implement in software using one of several learning design tools. At the same time, exemplars of learning designs will be considered from the perspective of design methods and frameworks. Participants will form small groups centred on a software systems or methods that they have not worked with before and will use it to plan their learning design(s) followed by critical reviews and group activities.

This will be followed by a discussion plotting the way forward, towards comprehensive and cohesive dissemination of the workshop outputs, as a peer-reviewed publication as well as an online open resource for practitioners, in the form of an interactive web portal linked to appropriate social networks and knowledge sharing site. Participants will be invited to continue the discussions on-line, for a specified period, before the final form of the contributions will be collated for the workshop proceedings.


Participation is free. An optional group outing at a nearby restaurant (prix fixé menu) will be arranged for
participants, at their expense.


The workshop will be hosted at the Institute of Education, London Knowledge Lab:

23-29 Emerald Street
London, WC1N 3QS
United Kingdom

For contact details and directions see: http:/

Organising Committee

Workshop Chairs:
Yishay Mor, University of Haifa, Israel
Brock Craft, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, UK

Programme Committee:
Grainne Conole, Open University, UK
Michael Derntl, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
Valerie Emin, INRP, France
Yael Kali, Technologies in Education Graduate Programme, University of Haifa, Israel
Carina Girvan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney, Australia
Dai Griffiths, University of Bolton, UK
Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Marcelo Mildrad, CeLeKT, Sweden
Donatella Persico, ITD-CNR, Italy
Francesca Pozzi, ITD-CNR, Italy
Symeon Retalis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Thomas Ryberg, e-Learning Lab - Aalborg University, Denmark
Daniel Spikol, CeLeKT and Malmö University, Sweden
Mike Sharples, LSRI, UK
Joshua Underwood, LKL, UK
Niall Winters, London Knowledge Lab, UK