The research journey so far…

Conference theme

DDD2015 – Digital Didactical Designs in Co-Expanded Spaces – is a conference that discusses technology-enhanced designs for learning with a focus on tablet-mediated learning but also wearable-supported designs for learning. DDD2015 wants to collect and share existing research studies and research visions from experts around the world, e.g., from learning sciences and design research. International researchers are invited to share their knowledge about how teachers and learners meet the new challenges of co-expanded spaces in their countries and how research does study these new situations in educational institutions. Practitioners such as teachers and students are invited to discuss the challenges that they face in their everyday-life as teachers and learners.

The conference covers three main purposes. First, the conference is a platform for sharing newest research about Digital Didactical Design in co-expanded spaces. For example, pedagogical designs created by teachers for tablet-mediated learning. Second, the conference serves as platform to present, share and discuss findings from our on-going research studies in Umeå; especially we want to share our findings from project called “Designs of Digital Didactics” funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and findings from our studies in Denmark and Finland. The three countries have in common that they launched media tablets (ipads) as 1:1 programs in their schools. Third, we attempt to initiate an International research network around tablet-mediated teaching and learning.

Guiding questions

Is the expanding use of media tablets, wearables and other forms of mobile devices on the way to change teaching and learning practices in educational institutions? If yes, which are these emergent practices, how are they developing, and in what ways do they contribute to renew technology-enhanced designs for teaching and learning? Current studies on the use of media tablets raise an important set of issues and potentials for research and practice. They point at the examination of teachers’ and learners’ sociotechnical-pedagogical practices that are enacted in the classroom on a daily basis.

A broader view: Co-expanded spaces = CrossActionSpaces

In order to understand the new phenomena of tablet-mediated learning in schools, it is relevant to provide the broader view of what media tablets do in the practice of schools/educational institutions, and what  tablets and wearables can offer and provide. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was usually segregated from the normal teaching classroom, for example, in computer labs. This has changed. There is a shift from separating ICT and education to co-located, co-expanded settings where mobile technology becomes part of classrooms; both offline and online worlds have merged into new spaces for teaching and learning. It is the expansion of communication and social interaction towards co-expanded spaces (Jahnke, book manuscript in preparation, at Routledge).

Those new spaces stress dynamic processes across established boundaries in a digital media world. Our studies show that teachers become designers of learning and learners become pro-sumers and makers. Are schools and universities on the way towards a “maker movement”? What are the characteristics of a maker culture in schools and higher education? Does education create an “maker layer” and a “reflection layer”? (We borrowed the term “Maker Movement” from Hatch, 2013).


Isa Jahnke (2015, September). Digital Didactical Designs – Teaching and Learning in CrossActionSpaces. New York / London: Routledge. and PDF Brochure DDD-book-isajahnke.pdf (1005242)

Isa Jahnke, Lars Norqvist, & Andreas Olsson (2004). Digital Didactical Designs for Learning Expeditions. In: In C. Rensing et al. (Eds.): Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities. The 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2014, Graz, Austria, September 16-19, 2014, Proceedings. LNCS Vol. 8719, pp. 165-178.

Isa Jahnke & Swapna Kumar (2014). Digital Didactical Designs: Teachers’ Integration of iPads for Learning-Centered Processes, In Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, Vol. 30, Issue 3. pp. 81-88. DOI:10.1080/21532974.2014.891876.

Isa Jahnke, Niels V. Svendsen, Simon K. Johansen, & Pär-Ola Zander (2014). The Dream About the Magic Silver Bullet – the Complexity of Designing for Tablet-Mediated Learning. In S.P. Goggins, I. Jahnke, D. W. McDonald, & P. Bjorn (eds.). GROUP’14, ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork. Sanibel Island, FL, USA – November 09-12, 2014. ACM New York.



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