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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.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler On September 25th (13.00-16-00) we will start with a regular research colloquium at the Hamburg Center for University Teaching and Learning (HUL).
The following presentations are currently scheduled:

The colloquium will take place on a monthly basis and targets PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who work on their habilitation.

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler The waiting time is finally coming to an end. In September I will start a new position at the Hamburg Center for University Teaching and Learning (HUL) at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Gabi Reinmann has recently taken over the directorship of this newly founded research centre. At the moment things are still very much in transition there… but that makes it a particularly interesting period to join.

I am really looking forward to working with Gabi and her growing team.

H|U|L Hamburg Centre for University Teaching and Learning

(my new workplace in Hamburg-Rotherbaum)

“Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves”

– Henry David Thoreau

Sebastian H.D. Fiedler The 5th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments is getting closer. The event will take place on July 16th to 18th in Tallinn, Estonia.

Registration is now open !

The “Early Bird” regular registration goes for 220 Euro and the student registration for 120 Euro. Both types of registrations include the admission to all conference sessions, coffee breaks, and lunches.
Note that for the “Early Bird” registrations to be effective your bank transfers have to be received by June 25th.

Currently, we are working on the details of the overall programme and schedule.
However, we frequently update the PLE 2014 conference website with programme previews and other news bits.

Come and join us in July for a great (un)conferencing event on Personal Learning Environments… and beyond.

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