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The Theory and Practice of Design for Learning - Workshop held in Aalborg University 2012

22 April 2012
Aalborg, Denmark

A Learning Design Grid workshop held in Aalborg University, Aalborg, 23 April 2012

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Thomas Ryberg
14 April 2012


The Theory and Practice of Design for Learning - Workshop held in Aalborg University 2012

Organised by Yishay Mor, Grainne Conole, Thomas Ryberg

Time: 23 April from 08.45 - 15.00
Venue: Design Lab ( - Nyhavnsgade 14, room 2.23, Aalborg
Host: e-Learning Lab - Center for User driven Innovation, Learning and Design (, Department of Communication and Psychology.


The rapid evolution and widespread use of advanced technologies offer educators and learners unprecedented opportunities to create, organise, share and access knowledge. The challenge of education is no longer about the delivery of knowledge; it is about designing learning environments, tools and activities for learners to construct knowledge. To influence the practice of education, there is a need to acknowledge and develop the role of educational practitioners as designers of learning and establish their role as design-researchers in the context of their daily work.

Within a Danish context teachers have a high degree of freedom in terms of deciding content, pedagogical methods and - to varying degrees - in interpreting the curriculum. The notion of teachers as designers or planners therefore has a strong foundation, although the idea of ‘designer’ and ‘design-researchers’ is a recent re-conceptualisation of the role of the teachers. Pedagogical research in a Danish context has been strongly grounded in a social constructivist tradition emphasising dialogue, group work, project work, formation, identity, citizenship and active learning. Therefore, many interesting pedagogical models and frameworks have been developed. However, these are often more overarching framework/models and to our knowledge, there are no software embedded design tools, which can support teachers in planning and creating alignment between a pedagogical rationale and then concrete learning activities.

This workshop offers a unique possibility to become familiar with the notion of learning design and the range of models, approaches, representations, frameworks, ideas and tools that have been developed in a wider European/International context. For example in the Learning Design Grid Network.

The Learning Design Grid ( is a STELLAR network of excellence theme team, dedicated to exploring these issues. Over the last year, the team has examined a variety of resources, tools and approaches to learning design, and attempted to identify the key promises and challenges in this field. The workshop will present and discuss a new holistic approach that integrates innovative methodologies, tools and representations for learning design (LD). This approach aims to establish structure and provide guidance in the creation of learning interventions and resources. One important aspect involves bridging learning design theory and practice, coupled with a state-of-the-art analysis of existing practices, tools and visual representations.

The highly interactive workshop gives participants (teachers, educational practitioners, educational researchers) the opportunity to learn and discuss about the current trends in learning design (LD) techniques, representations and tools.

Pre-workshop task

Please visit and follow the instructions there, to draft a design scenario in your domain of practice. This scenario should describe the context in which you work, a pedagogical challenge you face, and any initial ideas you have as to how to address this challenge. If you have any questions, please email:





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