Research to close the theory-practice divide – Educational Design Research

Date:  Sunday 6 September 2020
Time:  1330-1630
Location:  Alsh 1, SEC Loch Suite

  • Helen Wozniak, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Susan McKenney, University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Diana Dolmans, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • Wendy Hu, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Elizabeth Devonshire, The University of Sydney, Australia

Summary of theme and why it is important:  Research in medical and health professions education offers many challenges. It occurs in complex learning environments, is contextually varied, and involves an array of stakeholders. Bridging the gap between research and practice, creating impacts that build theoretical understandings, and generating outcomes that can be adopted to new contexts, are often cited as limitations. To meet these challenges, Educational Design Research (EDR) is an approach for investigating important educational problems that simultaneously enables development of creative solutions and refines associated educational theories. In this workshop participants will be introduced to the three stages of EDR: analysis and exploration, design and construction, and evaluation and reflection. By adopting the role of a stakeholder in a simulated EDR project, each stage will unfold through highly interactive debate so participants can engage with key decisions during the EDR process. In the second half of the workshop, participants will be guided to start planning their own EDR project, with opportunities to discuss ideas and inquire further about the EDR process. In sharing these initial plans, the flexibility of the research methodology in a wide range of settings will be demonstrated. In the final segment of the workshop participants will be provided with further resources and exemplars and encouraged to form collaborations to take their ideas forward to completion.
What participants will gain:  As a result of participating in this workshop participants will become familiar with the three stage process for conducting EDR. They will be guided to identify a real world problem relevant to their context and commence planning for their own EDR project. They will experience first-hand EDR in action, learn from examples provided by the workshop facilitators and gain strategies to adopt this research methodology for their own research journey.
Who should participate:  All who have educational issues or problems that need robust, practical solutions. Educators, clinicians, researchers and students will gain value from the workshop.
Level of workshop:  Introductory to intermediate

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