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Design patterns capture
proven solutions for recurrent problems. The goal is to externalize
the implicit knowledge of an expert, using a highly structured description
format for documentation. Patterns have been around for decades, they
are a success story in the field of software design, and recently have
become popular in the field of education. We see a quickly emering pattern
landscape of great variety both in scope and structure, comprising teaching
scenarios, technologies, tools and instructional techniques. Will e-learning
patterns be equally successful as their pendant in software development
or is the remake doomed to failure? The workshop will tackle this question
from multiple perspectives.
Capture the state
of the art
An increasing number of projects and initiatives collect patterns or
best practices in the field of e-learning and education. The workshop
is a great opportunity to get a broad overview of recent and upcoming
activities. In outlining common attempts across different approaches
as well as specific requirements and unique documentation strategies
we want to empower projects to share their knowledge and refine their
Patterns depict good design but how do you pick a good design pattern?
Due to the lack of established methods and scientifically sound criteria
to evaluate the quality of patterns, users have troubles to distinguish
excellent patterns from poor examples. This confusion severly hinders
the successful dissemination of patterns and the pattern idea in general.
For educational patterns in particular, measuring “proven design
solutions” proves to be difficult. Hence, the workshop will address
the question of quality: Which methods are available for pattern mining,
pattern writing and pattern evaluation? How can we access the value
of a pattern from a scientist's ands practitioner's angle? How can patterns
balance the scientific accuracy and the practical applicability?
One of the core ideas of the pattern approach is to create handbooks
with practical advice for recurrent design tasks. First and foremost,
patterns have to be useful to the practitioner. While software design
patterns are used in daily routine (both successful and with failure)
pedagogical patterns are far from being broadly accepted as design guides.
The workshop offers an opportunity to discuss ways of spreading the
word within the instructional design community. We wil critically reflect
the preconditions that have to be fulfilled to establish the fruitful
use of patterns.
Reach out to related
The systematic documentation of instructional methods is often found
in e-learning portals, manuals or repositories. The authors of co-operation
scripts or design principles seldomly use the term patterns. Nevertheless,
the activities result in similar description formats. What are the consequences
for the pattern community? Is it necessary to define our borders or
should we head for new frontiers? We will discuss to what extent structured
descriptions provided by related fields are part of or apart from the
To make patterns sustainable in the pedagogical field, the aim of the
workshop is to build a community of practice. A network of research
and development partners will be able to share experiences, to develop
joint projects, to define processes and to negotiate quality standards.
This will foster the scientific discourse as well as the practical impact.
Hence, the workshop will offer several options to intiate co-operation.
Are you interested in coordinating a pattern repository? Do you want
to play an active role in the dissemination of patterns? Do you want
to join a pattern authoring team? We are looking forward to getting
until February 25th:
For more information
about the workshop, please contact Christian
Christian Kohls, Joachim Wedekind,