Editorial: The art and science of learning design

  • Yishay Mor Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK
  • Brock Craft Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Davinia Hernández-Leo Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Department of Information and Communication Technologies, GTI group.
Keywords: learningDesign, designForLearning, review, designScience, representation, tools, design,


Editorial for the "art and science of learning design" supplement. Introduces the learning design approach, considers some of the grand challenges associated with it, and presents the papers in this supplement.

(Published: 16 September 2013)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology Supplement 2013; 21: 22513 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v21i0.22513


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Author Biographies

Yishay Mor, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK

Dr. Yishay Mor combines a background in Computer Science and in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) to explore the prospect of education as a design science of learning. His work focuses on the development and application of methodological tools for design research and practice in TEL. His PhD thesis "A Design Approach to Research in Technology Enhanced Mathematics Education" won the 2011 TELEARC award for PhD excellence. The methodological tools he has developed  have also served as the methodological framework for three projects: Learning Patterns (Kaleidoscope), Pattern Language Network and Formative e-Assessment (JISC), and have been used to facilitate scores of workshops - bringing together researchers, educational practitioners and software developers to explore critical issues in TEL. They provide the structure for a forthcoming edited book. Dr. Mor led the “Learning Design Grid” Theme Team funded by the Stellar Network of Excellence, and recently led the “Open Learning Design Studio MOOC”. He currently leads the OU team of the Metis project. Yishay's previous research has explored methodologies for formulating and sharing design knowledge in education. He has developed and applied these methodolgies through investigations in game-based learning in mathematics education and mobile learning for development

Yishay Joined the IET in September 2011. His most recent role was at the Technologies in Education Graduate Program, at the The Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education, University of Haifa, where he taught courses in mobile learning and game-based learning and co-ordinated the special masters' course "Digital Cities: Technology, Leadership, and Education". Before that, he was a researcher at the London Knowledge Lab, and before that - a software team leader at Cisco systems.

Brock Craft, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London

Brock’s work has centred on interaction design and usability in a variety of domains, including Human-Computer Interaction, Product Design, Digital Art, and Learning. He is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London in the Department of Computing and Senior Tutor on the MA in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art.

Brock was also a Partner at the “Internet of Things” design firm TinkerLondon, He is a specialist in Human-Computer Interaction, Information Visualization, Physical Computing, and Learning Design.

Brock is also the author of the recently released book, Arduino Projects for Dummies.

Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Department of Information and Communication Technologies, GTI group.
Davinia Hernández-Leo is an assistant professor at the Information and
Communitations Technologies Department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra,
the coordinator of the Educational Technologies research section of
the Interactive Technologies Group (GTI), the  Vice-Principal of the
UPF Polytechnic School and the Director of its Unit for Teaching
Quality and Innovation. Davinia was previously (2003-2007) a member of
the (GSIC/EMIC group) group and assistant teacher at the Department of
Signal Theory, Communications and Telematics Engineering of the
University of Valladolid, Spain, where she received the M.S. and the
Ph.D. degrees (European mention) in telecommunications engineering in
2003 and 2007, respectively. She was also a visiting Research Fellow
(2006) at the Educational Technology Expertise Centre of the OUNL and
at Virginia Tech (2012).
How to Cite
Mor Y., Craft B., & Hernández-Leo D. (2013). Editorial: The art and science of learning design. Research in Learning Technology, 21. https://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v21i0.22513
Supplement 1, 2013 - The art and science of learning design