Around the world, there are accomplished people dedicated to raising the quality of design of educational processes and materials.
ISDDE was formed to help this group work effectively as a coherent professional design and development community.
The goals of the Society are:
improving the design and development process
building a design community
increasing our impact on educational practice
The Fellows are designers and project leaders with outstanding records, together with some representatives from government agencies and foundations that fund such work.
Register now for the 2023 ISDDE Conference!
The 2023 ISDDE conference will be held October 16-19, 2023 at Boston University in Boston, MA. The new conference site is up and running! Register now – early registration deadline is July 30, 2023.
ISDDE 2023 Design Award
The Trustees of the Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Trust are pleased to announce that Patrick Iroanya has been chosen as recipient of the 2023 Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Award for Aspiring Educational Designers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Patrick’s promise as a designer, shown, in particular, by his provision of free online maths tutoring to secondary-age learners in marginalized communities across South Africa, impressed the Awards Committee greatly. Congratulations to Patrick on his $1000 prize.
Call for Nominations for the ISDDE Prize
The ISDDE Prize for Excellence in Design for STEM Education of $5,000 is offered for a substantial body of work, by an individual or a team, over a period of years that shows excellence in design for education in science or mathematics. In awarding The Prize the judges will seek excellence in the art and science of design in education.
We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of ISDDE’s journal, Educational Designer. Issue #15 is very varied, with four articles. Marc North and Sarah Heesom have written about design of their large-scale project to promote teaching improvement in underperforming schools. Nina Sangers with Evers-Vermeul, Sanders and Hoeken studied the policies for writing in Dutch biology, geography, and history textbooks. Deborah Fields and six colleagues report on SPIKEY-20, a virtual epidemic released into a virtual world, which infected thousands of players. Good design can promote educative outcomes for public health. Amanda Strawhacker, Emily Relkin and Marina Bers investigate design of an assessment of pre-schoolers in coding a robot. The editorial team hopes this issue of journal will help us to spread ideas and good practice of educational design.
The Trustees of the Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Trust are pleased to announce that Sofia Tancredi has been chosen as recipient of the 2022 Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Award for Aspiring Educational Designers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Sofia’s promise as a designer, shown, in particular, by her designs integrating sensory-seeking actions as a fundamental part of regular classroom mathematics learning, impressed the Awards Committee greatly, and they see considerable potential in her approach for supporting marginalized students. Congratulations to Sofia on her $1000 prize. For details of her work, please see https://edrl.berkeley.edu/projects/balance-board-math/
Issue #14 of Educational Designer released!
Issue #14 of the electronic, open-access ISDDE journal “Educational Designer” has just been published. It can be accessed directly at the home page Educational Designer.
The articles in this issue each focus on a design challenge. Harouna Ba and Dor Abrahamson discuss the designers’ dilemma of how much freedom to allow students to initiate and define their own tasks by comparing two movement-based STEM learning activities. Martin Johnson, Rachael Horsman and Darren Macy outline the design process they used to create a framework of mathematics content which can be used by educators in emergency contexts where learners are forcibly displaced by conflict or disaster. Yu-Ping Chang, Fou-Lai Lin and Kai-Lin Yang are leaders of Taiwan’s Just Do Math project, a wide-reaching teacher professional development initiative using a multi-layered and multi-stage cascade model. They describe designing the professional development for those leaders who will help very large numbers of teachers embed the new principles into regular classrooms.
“Educational Designer” welcomes contributions related to the design of educational programs, products. systems and services. Details of the range of contributions that are welcome appear on the journal home page.
Educational Designer E-journal of the International Society for Design and Development in Education
2020 ISDDE Prize
The International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE) has awarded the prestigious Prize for Excellence in Educational Design to the value of $5,000 to Joseph Krajcik , Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education at Michigan State University, USA. Professor Krajcik is an expert designer of instructional materials. He leads the CREATE for STEM Institute, a joint institute between the College of Natural Science and the College of Education at Michigan State and has been a pioneering leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education for decades with his impact acknowledged globally
The 2020 Prize was presented to Professor Krajcik at ISDDE’s virtual conference in March 2021. Details about this unique event can be found here,
ISDDE gratefully acknowledges the Bell Burkhardt Daro Shell Centre Trust which funds the award.
Virtual Conference – March 24, 2021
ISDDE (the International Society for Design and Development in Education) held their first online international day conference on Wednesday March 24th, 2021. It was a great success! It:
was hosted in three phases across 24 hours with contributions from Far East, Europe/Africa and Americas time zones;
included the presentation of the prestigious ISDDE Prize for excellence in design for education in mathematics, science or technology for 2020;
included plenaries, interviews, panels and discussions;
and focused on design in mathematics and science of curricula, resources, assessment, professional learning, teaching and learning with technology.
In this issue, the authors describe, explain, demonstrate and reflect on practical design strategies that they have used in curriculum development, from primary school to adult learners. Koeno Gravemeijer discusses educational modelling through five case studies of the creation of instructional materials. The next article is especially relevant while Education is being so heavily impacted by COVID19, Erin Gibson and colleagues exemplify and evaluate the design strategies used to transform in-person education materials for health professional for remote use.
Kevin Reins describes his experiences over a decade using modified lesson study with pre-service teacher education students. Finally, Hugh Burkhardt and Daniel Pead provide a sweeping taxonomy of 30 design strategies and tactics that have proved effective for curriculum material development at the Shell Centre of Mathematical Education. Strategies are described and linked to illustrative examples.
We thank the authors, the editorial team and anonymous reviewers for their hard work. After five years, Dr Sheila Evans, is stepping down from being our Assistant Editor. We especially thank Sheila for all her work and we wish her well for the future. Expressions of interest for the Assistant Editor are now being called for. Please contact Kaye Stacey at if you may be interested.
Editor in Chief
Applying for Membership and Fellowship
We have clarified the criteria and procedures for becoming a Member or Fellow, and updated the constitution accordingly.
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