How to apply research on DIY media to the design of practical learning environments?

Posted on Aug 21st, 2016 by Katarina Pantic


Dr Deborah Fields co-conducted a workshop Designing for DIY: Talking through Tensions, Lessons, and Questions to Guide Innovative Learning Environments with Dr. Lammers and Dr. Magnifico, which was co-authored with Dr. Grimes, at the Games+Learning+Society 12 Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on August 18th, 2016. The workshop, which was one hour long, allowed participants to get briefed on the most current research, work in focused groups with workshop authors and take part in discussions about tensions within the design of different learning environments. 

Workshop abstract: "How do we apply lessons learned from research on do-it-yourself (DIY) media in conscious design of practical learning environments, from classrooms to after-school clubs to websites? From fanfiction writing to video game design, DIY media has provided rich opportunities for learning. Yet while individual sites or particular youth may stand out as success stories, applying principles learned from such research into our own designed educational settings remains a challenge. In this workshop we invite participants to join in productive conversation about “tensions” faced in connecting theory to practice in thinking through design principles for creating educational affinity spaces."

For more details about the conference, go the the conference website

For any questions on workshop content, please e-mail Deborah Fields