ISDDE Newsletter August 2016

  • From the Editor
  • From the Chair
  • Logo Design Competition
  • 2017 Eddies
  • ISDDE 2017 Conference
  • Educational Designer
  • Your Executive

From the Editor

Dear colleagues

I need to begin this edition with an apology for its lateness. As you will all be aware, volunteer work sometimes needs, in the face of other demands, to be given a lower priority than it deserves. This has happened to me in the past months. I apologise for the delay.

In her column our Chair mentions a workshop in the UK that demonstrates the ISDDE community in action. This newsletter should also contribute to community building and information sharing. Future editions will put the 'spotlight' on education design initiatives in different countries/regions.

This edition of the ISDDE newsletter is being sent directly to the email address we have for Fellows, members and other interested parties.


A key goal of ISDDE is to create better connections between educational designers wherever they are.

From the Chair

ISDDE operates thanks to a small but beautifully formed Executive. All of its members contribute to one or more of the jobs that need to be done - whether that is conference organising, editing Educational Designer, looking after membership or sending out the newsletter, etc. On your behalf I'd like to especially thank Susan McKenney for all her sterling work and leadership as Chair.

I would also like to thank Betty Phillips for her work as coordinator of the Prize Committee in recent years, and thank Geoff Wake for volunteering to step into that role. See below for the contacts and responsibilities of the whole Executive.

It seems a long time now since many of us met in Utrecht in September for the informative and stimulating programme that Maarten Pieters and his team organised for us - for which we owe many thanks.  This year we shall be returning to the US for our annual conference and meeting near San Francisco from 6th to 9th November. This change of usual date is in response to requests from delegates to consider an alternative because early in the academic year is difficult for some colleagues to be able to travel. Please put the date in your diaries now!

A couple of other items - the number of fellows and members increases at a pleasing rate. Besides the advantages of joining our community and benefitting from the intellectual capital, being invited to join as either a member or a fellow has already been acknowledged as an attractive addition to a CV. Please do encourage both established and up-and- coming designers to join.

I was among a group of Fellows and others in design teams in the UK who met recently for a two day workshop. As well as getting to know more about each others' work the group discussed defining design principles and considered how to further promote design research as a legitimate area within their institutions (and more widely). There is an appetite to repeat so we will do so a little later in the year. I’d encourage other national or regional groups of ISDDE to look for ways of networking and collaborating. Fostering the community of education designers is one of ISDDE’s key aims.

I look forward to working with you over the next couple of years. If you have any questions or suggestion regarding ISDDE please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Lynne McClure, Chair of ISDDE 2017-8

Logo design competition

Time is running out to enter the competition to design the new logo for ISDDE. Entries close 31 March.

Entries must be submitted as jpg files by email to Susan Mckenney by that date. The winner announced 30 April; and recognised in person at the next ISDDE conference 6-9 November.


The logo should integrate with the color scheme of the current ISDDE website and journal, Educational Designer


  • the logo should be available in 5 sizes (dimensions are in pixels): 50x50, 100x100, 200x200, 400x400, 600x600;
  • any shape is fine (round, square, rectangle, etc)
  • designers may opt for a logo (icon/symbol), a logotype (word mark), or a combination


Logos will be ranked by the ISDDE Executive on three aspects

  • aesthetics (nice to view),
  • clarity (of message/meaning),
  • overall (taking any trade-offs into account)

Get your creative caps on now!

2017 Eddies

Each year, ISDDE awards a $US5,000 prize for excellence in design in education for science or mathematics - The Eddies. The prize alternates, annually, between recognizing a substantial body of work by an individual or team and celebrating an individual product or project.

The prize in 2017 will be for Lifetime Achievement through a substantial body of work over a number of years. The nomination process will commence in the next few months, with the winner(s) announced at the conference in November.

In line with sound design principles the committee is looking to review improve the nomination process. Comments and suggestions from those who have been involved in the process in previous years will be welcome. Please send your thoughts to Geoff Wake, the (new) convenor of the Prize Committee by 31 March if possible..

ISDDE 2017 Conference

As mentioned above, the next ISDDE Conference will be brought to you by a team from the Lawrence Hall of Science. It will be held at the University of California, Berkeley on 6-9 November. More details will be coming soon, and will certainly be included in the next Newsletter. Please put this not-to-be missed event in your diaries now.

In the meantime, contact convenors Mac Cannaday and Suzy Lopez if you have any suggestions.

Educational Designer

A reminder that the ninth edition of Educational Designer, ISDDE's online journal was published late in 2016. It is well worth a read if you haven't already done so, with articles ranging across topics in STEM education. Educational Designer Issue 9 – September 2016.
Appropriate articles, whether of full article length or shorter, are always welcome. The Guide to contributors will give you all the information you will need. The online format enables authors to showcase examples of their design innovations and principles.
The Editorial Team is also keen to hear from Fellows of ISDDE who would like to act as independent reviewers of submissions on an occasional basis. Please send a note with a clear description of your area of expertise to Sheila Evans, the assistant editor. 

Kaye Stacey Editor-in-Chief.



ISSDE was formed to help those dedicated to raising the quality of design of educational processes and materials to work effectively as a coherent professional design and development community. The society's Background Paper provides information about the mission and activities of ISDDE.

Educational designers around the world are invited to consider becoming a member of ISDDE.


The ISDDE Committee does its work through several sub-committees. Please use the email links to the Chairs and those coordinating the sub-committees included if you have any matters you would like to raise for consideration at any time.

Chairs: Lynne McClure (2017-18); Susan McKenney (immediate past chair)

Secretary: Daniel Pead.

Journal: Kaye Stacey (Editor-in-chief), Sheila Evans (Assistant editor), Daniel Pead (Design editor), Dor Abrahamson, Max Stephens, Frans van Galen (Associate editors).

Conference: Mac Cannaday and Suzy Lopez

Prize: Geoff Wake, Betty Phillips, Jacquey Barber and Peter Boon.

Communications: Will Morony, Angela Hall, Alan Schoenfeld, David Kumar.

Membership: Chris Schunn, Lynne McClure, Phil Daro, Leslie Dietiker.

The ISDDE Newsletter

The ISDDE newsletter is published three times each year.

We welcome any and all feedback to help improve the newsletter; we especially welcome contributions from members of the education design community around the world.

Next edition – May/June 2017


Editor Will Morony

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