Learning Design Studio: Educational Practice as Design Inquiry of Learning

  • Yishay Mor
  • Orit Mogilevsky
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8095)


Recently we are urged to transform education into an evidence based profession, and promote scientific standards or practice. These calls are not new – they seem to emerge every few years. We do not argue with their goal, but we contend that the suitable frame of reference is the paradigm of design science, rather than the common metaphor of medical research. This paper proposes Design Inquiry of Learning as a projection of educational design science into a professional domain, and offers the Learning Design Studio as a pedagogical manifestation of this approach. The learning design studio is a collaborative, blended, project based framework for training educators in effective and evidence-based use of educational technology. We present its theoretical underpinnings, note its fundamental principles and structures, and review three independent cases where it has been trialed. The results show that this model is effective in developing learners’ theoretical knowledge as well as their practical skills, and allows them to link the two. However, it requires a considerable commitment of both learners and tutors, and may not be applicable in more casual settings.


Learning design teacher training professional development inquiry based learning learning design studio 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yishay Mor
    • 1
  • Orit Mogilevsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Educational TechnologyThe Open UniversityUK
  2. 2.Technologies in Education ProgramUniversity of HaifaIsrael

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