Forward-oriented design for learning: illustrating the approach

  • Yannis Dimitriadis University of Valladolid, Spain
  • Peter Goodyear University of Sydney
Keywords: Design for learning, indirection, sustainable design


This paper concerns sustainable approaches to design for learning, emphasising the need for designs to be able to thrive outside of the protective niches of project-based innovation. It builds on the “in medias res” framework and more specifically on a forward-oriented approach to design for learning: one that takes a pro-active design stance with respect to each of the phases of an extended lifecycle. We draw on fieldwork notes and interview data to describe two cases that illustrate some of the key features of the approach. Recommendations for further R&D in the area of design for learning are provided, derived from the theoretical framework, and illustrated in this paper.

Keywords: design for learning; indirection; sustainable design

(Published: 16 September 2013)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology Supplement 2013, 21: 20290 -


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Author Biographies

Yannis Dimitriadis, University of Valladolid, Spain
Full Professor of Telematics Engineering, Director of the GSIC/EMIC research group
Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney
Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work
How to Cite
Dimitriadis Y., & Goodyear P. (2013). Forward-oriented design for learning: illustrating the approach. Research in Learning Technology, 21.
Supplement 1, 2013 - The art and science of learning design

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