ISDDE Newsletter February 2018

Important information about the 2018 Conference

  • From the Editor
  • From the Chair
  • ISDDE 2018 Conference
  • ISDDE now an ICMI Affiliated Organization
  • Educational Designer
  • Your Executive

From the Editor

Dear colleagues

Registration for the 2018 Conference in Galway, Ireland is now open. The organisers have also released the Call for papers.

This edition of the ISDDE newsletter is being sent directly to the email address we have for Fellows, members and other subscribers. A key aim of ISDDE is to build the international community of educational designers. So please forward it to colleagues.

Not a member? Visit the website if you would like to know more about membership of ISDDE.

Will Morony, Editor

From the Chair

One of the pleasant jobs of being the chair of ISDDE is being involved with the annual prize giving. This year’s is for an individual product or project, with the over-riding criterion being recognition of excellence by a wide range of designers and users. The closing date for entries has now passed, but you will be able to hear last year’s winners, Kaye Stacey and Zalman Usiskin, tell us about their work at ISDDE 2018.  We’re looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in beautiful Galway where we are assured of a warm Gaelic welcome. The Earlybird rate finishes at the end of February, so do register before then. Those of you who are ISDDE conference regulars will realise that the timing is very different this year – a northern hemisphere Spring rather than Autumn event. Do you have a view on which time of year is best for our community to meet? We’ll never please everyone, but if you have a strong opinion the exec. would like to hear from you.

There were lots of lovely strong opinions around who the next Executive Chair should be. I’m delighted to announce that my successor is Jacquey Barber. Whilst my background is in mathematics education, Jacquey brings a wealth of experience in science education. She is currently the Executive Director of The Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science in California, which is a talented and award-winning team of curriculum innovators, including scientists, curriculum and assessment designers, professional developers, educational researchers, and disciplinary literacy specialists. Jacquey is shadowing my job currently and will take on the role next year. The exec. other than that stays largely the same, with Maarten Pieters replacing Angela Hall, and Lucy Rycroft-Smith being co-opted to the Communications group.  Our thanks to Angela for many years’ service, and a welcome to Maarten and Lucy.

Other good news – ISDDE has been accepted as an ICMI Affiliated Organisation. ICMI, for those of you not familiar with the Maths ed. world, stands for the International Congress on Mathematical Education.  ( Being accepted as part of this is an indication that ISDDE is recognised as contributing to mathematics education worldwide. Our next target will be to gain recognition in the science education community too…… all ideas welcome.

One of the comments on our ICMI application was that ISDDE should make an effort to enlarge the scope of participation so as to include much more representation from other parts of the world and especially from underdeveloped countries. We are aware that our membership is largely from UK, USA, Europe and Australia. We would be delighted if our current members and fellows would introduce ISDDE to designers from other areas of the globe. Could you put this on your to do list? 

Lynne McClure, Chair of ISDDE 2017-8

2018 ISDDE Conference: Culture and Educational Design


Until close of Early Bird Registration


Galway, Ireland, in the beautiful environs of the campus of the National University of Ireland. Galway is at the heart of Ireland's spectacular Wild Atlantic Way.


May 28th-31st, 2018


Like previous ISDDE conferences, the 2018 event will be intimate and highly participatory. Attendees will enjoy plenary talks by leading educational designers, paper and poster presentations, small group work sessions on pressing problems of practice, and many meals and informal conversations over food and drink, all included in the price of registration.

Call for Presentations

Proposals are now being sought for the following types of session:

  • Symposium: Collection of presentations around a single theme. (1-2 hours)
  • Individual Paper Presentation: Share current research or design process: (20 minutes to 1 hour; please suggest preferred time in your abstract)
  • Design Clinic - informal collective discussion about a current design challenge. (~ 30 min)
  • Poster: Informal conversation about your work (~ 1 hour)

Please provide an abstract for your proposal (max 250 words)


Early bird rate: €495 EUR (before February 28th, 2018)

Normal rate: €595 EUR (from February 28th, 2018)

Included in the registration fee:

  • Opening reception
  • Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea each day of the conference (Tuesday through Thursday)
  • Awards banquet dinner for registered conference participants

Click this link to register.

ISDDE now an ICMI Affiliated Organization

ISDDE has been recognised and accepted as an ICMI Affiliated Organization. This was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI). ISDDE is only the fifth multi-national society with this status. ICMI established Affiliated Organizations to foster its efforts on international collaboration and exchanges in mathematics education.

ICMI is the pre-eminent international organisation in the field of mathematics education. Affiliated Organization status will significantly raise ISDDE's status and exposure in the field.

Educational Designer

 Educational Designer 10 is nearly ready and will be released in the next few days; look out for the link!

After many years of contributing as associate editor, Max Stephens is stepping down from that position. But not after producing a special issue later this year.

Someone with expertise in science education (rather than mathematics) would be a particularly welcome as a replacement for Max.



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 and Frans van Galen (Associate editors).

Conference: Tony Hall and Cornelia Connolly

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

Communications: Will Morony, Alan Schoenfeld, David Kumar.

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

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Next edition – July 2018


Editor Will Morony

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