CANCELLED: Design Based Research and PBL – combining research and change of educational practice

Description: Design Based Research (DBR) is a relatively new type of research methodology that is used for establishing and studying change in educations, organisations and innovation. Especially within engineering and science education, DBR has got more established and there are several cases of applying DBR in educational change to Problem and project based learning. DBR is defined as both a systematic and flexible research framework aiming to understand the messiness of practice and trying to enhance the learning this by iterative analyses, designs, developments and implementation.

DBR tries to reach out to both development of theories and practices at the same time and this research and development process is based on collaboration among researchers and practitioners in real world settings where they interact as partners. DBR shares a lot of similarities with action research and especially the pragmatic research paradigm. One core difference pointed out in the educational DBR literature, is that DBR derives from theories and will have to add to the development of theories.
This course will touch upon all the phases and usable methods in the DBR process: 1) Design of new practice, 2) Implementation, 3) Data collection and analyses including scientific criteria for methodological choices and ample attention for aspects like reliability, validity and generalizability of the research outcomes, 4) Findings. The participants will aim at developing a design for their use of DBR in their research process and there is a requirement of a written plan for the design followed by oral discussions.

The course will be organized in four phases: 1) preparation phase with reading 2) 2-day workshop concentrated on theories and methodologies 3) self study period with individual work on design, and 4) one-day workshop with presentation of participants’ design considerations. This one-day workshop will be organized for smaller teams and will be run in a distance mode by using Adobe Connect or Skype.

This PhD course will be organized in three phases:
1. open seminar held at UTM
2. Self study period with supervision
3. One-day workshop with presentation of participants’ design considerations. This one-day workshop will be organized for smaller teams and will be run in a distance mode by using Adobe Connect or Skype

Anette Kolmos: Design based Research: A Strategy for Change in Engineering Education, In Hyldgaard, S. and Jamison, A. Engineering in Context, Springer. Fourtcoming in 2013
Literature: there will be a compendium of core literature and references.

Registration fee for the entire course: EUR 500
If participants only participate in the 2-days workshop, the registration fee will be waived. If participants want to have formal ECTS registered from UTM and Aalborg University, the fee will be required.


Anette Kolmos
Anette Kolmos is Professor in Engineering Education and PBL and Chairholder for UNESCO in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education, Aalborg University, Denmark. Guest professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Guest Professor at UTM University Technology Malaysia 2011-2013. President of SEFI 2009–2011 (European Society for Engineering Education). Founding Chair of the SEFI-working group on Engineering Education Research. During the last 20 years, Dr. Kolmos has researched the following areas, primarily within Engineering Education: development and evaluation of project based and problem based curriculum, change from traditional to project organized and problem based curriculum, development of transferable skills in PBL and project work, and methods for staff development. She is Associate Editor for the European Journal of Engineering Education and was Associated Editor for Journal of Engineering Education (ASEE). Involved in supervision of 13 PhD projects and published around 200 publications. Member of several organizations and committees within EER, national government bodies, and committees in the EU.

Erik de Graaff
Erik de Graaff is trained as psychologist and holds a PhD in social sciences. He has been working with Problem Based learning (PBL) in Maastricht from 1979 till 1980. In 1994 he was appointed as associate professor in the field of educational innovation at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. Dr. de Graaff has been a visiting professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1995 and a guest professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. The collaboration with Aalborg University led to an appointment as full professor at the department of Development and Planning in 2011. Dr. de Graaff is recognized as an international expert on PBL. He contributed to the promotion of knowledge and understanding of higher engineering education with numerous publications and through participation in professional organizations like SEFI, IFEES and ALE. He has published over 200 articles and papers and he has presented more than 70 keynotes and invited lectures on various topics related to PBL in higher education, like Working with PBL, Management of change, Assessment and evaluation, Methods of applied research and Collaboration between university and industry. Since January 2008 he is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Engineering Education

Professor Anette Kolmos and Professor Erik de Graaff
UNESCO Chair in PBL, Aalborg University

Professor Anette Kolmos, Aalborg University
Professor Erik de Graaff, Aalborg University
PhD Fellow Mohamad Termizi Bin Borhan, Aalborg University

ECTS: 3,5 (work load = 98 hours)

Time:July 10-11, 2013 CANCELLED

Place:Venue will be at UTM, Malaysia + distance mode for the two second phases.

City:Johor Bahru

Number of seats: 20