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 combine 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 participants will have to submit a design and will have to comment on other participants' design proposals. The examples of new practices in the courses will be concentrated on PBL, but the DBR methodology can be used for establishment and research on any new practice.

The learning outcomes are:
- to be able to design a design-based research process, and as part of that
- to understand the design based research approaches and the theoretical background for this research methodology
- to understand and apply criteria for designing a new practice (e.g. in education, organisation or system)and as part of this to plan for interaction with practitioners
- to design data collection methods

The course will be organized in four phases:
1) preparation phase with reading
2) 2-days workshop concentrated on theories and methodologies and especially design,
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.

Organizer: Anette Kolmos

Lecturers: Anette Kolmos, Erik De Graaff


Time: 11-12 March and 8 April, 2014

Place: Aalborg University, Nybrogade 6, room 1.133

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 14

Deadline: 18 February, 2014