Welcome to ISDDE 2016!

The theme, Infrastructuring by Design, refers to designer efforts to develop and implement the human and material resources required for supporting education in and across various system levels.

This year's conference will be hosted by the Netherlands National Institute of Curriculum Development (SLO). The conference draws upon the intellectual, experiential, collaborative, and aesthetic opportunities for inspiration afforded by this location and the region.

The conference will take place September 19-22, 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

ISDDE 2016 is the twelfth annual conference of The International Society for Design and Development in Education. ISDDE was formed to help educational designers work effectively as a coherent professional design and development community.
The goals of the society are:
  • - improving the design & development processes
    - building a design community and
    - increasing our impact on educational practice.

In the 2016 conference, we will pay attention to all of ISDDE's goals, especially that of "increasing our impact on educational practice." As designers, we are readily satisfied if our books, lessons, modules, curricula, etc. work in raising teacher or student enthusiasm and understanding. We are even happier, though, when we see that others choose to work with our products, and help them reach larger groups of users. This makes us ask, How can we structure our design activities in such a way that their outreach increases, and that they have more impact? 

In his ISDDE 2015 keynote, Bill Penuel told us how ongoing design contributes to infrastructuring by cultivation of long-term partnerships, and by matching of people and resources to stakeholders and their agendas. Click here to learn more about his claim that design-based implementation research (DBIR) creates conditions for social innovation within and across levels of a system and to build "working infrastructures" within which educational designs can be equitably implemented. We build on this notion throughout the conference, through activities that support designers in leveraging existing or building new infrastructure within their educational (sub-)systems. We also explore ways to structure our activities and partnerships in such a way that those people who used to be our target groups, now become our partners in educational design.