Sebastian H.D. FiedlerIssue 1 of EDeR – Educational Design Research is finally online.

The Journal is published in collaboration with Hamburg University Press… and this is where we met our final bottleneck to get things online. Hamburg Uni Press is hosting the OJS Server on which we run EDeR. However, due to some unfortunate staffing situation there (somebody had left, somebody else was sick for multiple weeks, and so forth), we had to wait a good while until some significant irks and quirks of this OJS installation got worked out.

Nevertheless, we now have the first visible product of our collective effort online. Six Academic Articles authored by scholars from Australia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland. All issues and problems that we had to struggle with aside… I personally think that we are off to a rather decent start. It is going to be very interesting if we can build and maintain the necessary momentum to turn this project into an ongoing success.

Offering regular updates on the project via Researchgate has worked surprisingly well to built up a small following of interested researchers. I hope we can convert this initial attention into various levels of engagement and participation over time.

Things are actually looking quite promising in this regard. I have already seen a draft of the first Discussion Article in reply to Dieter Euler’s “Design principles as bridge between scientific knowledge production and practice design” in Issue 1. I know of another Discussion Article in the making.
Futhermore, I have already received a submission for Issue 2. And tonight I have been promised another submission of an Academic Article. Keep them coming… ! :-)

Thanks to everyone who has been contributing to EDER in one way or another. Your continuous support and engagement is highly appreciated!

Oh… and this is the DOI of EDeR Issue 1:

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler Issue 1 of EDeR – Educational Design Research is finally taking shape. We have 5 contributions in the pipeline that have successful passed phase 1 (text mentoring) and phase 2 (blind peer review) of our workflow model and have been revised according to reviewers’ feedback. These will definitely make it into Issue 1.

We are still working with two additional, somewhat controversial, contributions. However, these might have to be pushed over to Issue 2. Our Editorial Board will make final decisions on these texts by next week.

Sebastian H.D. FiedlerThis week we have kicked off our reformed Master of Higher Education (MoHE) programme.

The last day of the introduction week features a “project conference” in which a variety of research projects on aspects of teaching and learning in higher education are presented.

project conference of the Master of Higher Education programme at HUL

Over time, the project conference is meant to bring different cohorts of programme participants together. Those who are about to finish off their own research projects will present their work to the new incoming participants.

I am particularly happy that for this first project conference we were able to integrate a presentation of Emanuele Bardone from the Educational Science department of the University of Tartu, Estonia. I hope this will help to set the stage for a more international outlook within our MoHE programme and invite our participants to look beyond the confines and particularities of our system of higher education.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler Step by step the first issue of the EDeR Journal is taking shape. Four contributions have successfully passed the second phase (blind peer review) of our workflow and review model. One is basically ready for publication, while the others are currently reworked by their authors.
For two additional contributions we are still in the process of completing the blind peer review phase.
An additional submission requires major changes. Not sure if this will still make it into the first issue. We are looking into this right now.

We are also already eliciting contributions for the second issue. If your work falls broadly in the framework of “design based research” in education, feel free to get in touch.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler Our proposal for a symposium on Educational Design Research has just been accepted for the EdMedia 2016 conference in Vancouver, Canada. The two hour long session is titled “Educational Design Research: methodological blind spots, challenges, and alternative sources for inspiration”. This is the abstract of what we are going to address:

Among contemporary educational technology research and development approaches, educational design research (also called “design-based research”) has gained considerable attention in recent years. While its proponents promote design interventions in various types of practice settings, they often maintain the idea of the primacy of “theory” without making explicit what type of theory and knowledge claims they are hoping to produce. It often appears as if educational design researchers want to maintain an ideal of “scientific” rationale and of universal knowledge claims that does not seem to fit with their own focus on intervention in contextualised practice.
In our symposium we will explore various methodological blind spots and challenges of contemporary educational design research and its application in the field of educational technology. In addition, we will review some potential sources for inspiration that could fuel the further development and fundamental emancipation of educational design research as a system of inquiry.

Beyond the contributions of Tobias Schmohl and myself from the HUL at University of Hamburg, Germany, the symposium will feature work of Robert Fitzgerald and Simon Leonard from the University of Canberra, Australia, Mark W. Johnson from the University of Liverpool, UK, and Beaumie Kim from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler Our EDeR – Educational Design Research Journal project is moving along quite nicely. Some contributions for the first issue have now made it through the mentoring process and have been submitted for Phase II (blind peer review) of our workflow model. We will have to see how well the OJS system is playing along.

Our Editorial Review Board is also growing and getting more diverse. The most recent additions have been Thomas C. Reeves from the University of Georgia, USA, Kalle Juuti from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Mònica Feixas from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler We have two papers accepted for the the British Educational Research Association’s BERA Annual Conference 2016 in Leeds, UK.

The paper titled “Educational Design Research as a mode of knowledge production” is co-authored with my HUL colleague Tobias Schmohl.

The other paper is titled “Emancipating learning activity in the light of the digital transformation” and tries to link back to some work that I did around my PhD.

It has been a good while since I have been presenting anything in the UK. So, I am kind of looking forward to this.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler As part of our ongoing effort to develop a research collaboration with colleagues at the Institute of Education at Tartu University, Estonia, Tobias Schmohl, Emanuele Bardone, and myself put in separate proposals for the “Reflective Minds and Communities” conference in Tartu. The conference is organised by the EARLI SIGs 10, 21 & 25 and will take place on August 28 and 29.

All three papers passed the review process. Now we are trying to set up a shared session at the conference for our contributions.

We are also pondering to run an Advanced Research Seminar on Educational Design Research in Higher Education before the conference at Tartu Uni. In fact, we are currently waiting to hear about a small funding proposal we have submitted in March for this purpose. Let’s see…

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler Well, 2015 turned out to be a year full of transitions, tensions, dislocations, and quite a bit of disbalance altogether… from a personal level all the way up to global affairs.

I truly wish for a more peaceful 2016!
For me… and you… and your loved ones.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler One of my roles at HUL will be the operational management and “editor-in-chief” for EDeR – an open access journal on Educational Design Research.

The journal will be published and hosted by Hamburg University Press that is operated by the Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky. The details for this partnership are currently worked out.

Apart from the fact that this journal will be dedicated to contributions focusing on Design-Based Research in a wide range of educational contexts, what I find interesting is the particular review process that is intended. We will implement and evaluate a Triple-Peer-Review process that combines elements of a senior-editor model with peer review, and peer discussion. Stay tuned for the details. I will post more on this matter shortly.

We will try to get a first issue published by May 2016. Thus, in September and October we will be looking for collaborators in various roles. If you are invested in Design-Based Research in education you might want to consider coming on board in one way or another.