Infrastructuring by Design. Utrecht, 19-22 September
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 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.
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.