The School of Design's Paul Inventado and Peter Scupelli will present their paper "Using Contextual Learning-Environment Features to Identify Design Pattern Appropriateness" at VikingPLoP 2014 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
From the paper's abstract:
Pedagogical design patterns offer high-quality solutions to problems in the educational domain. Design patterns are generally written in a way that makes them applicable to multiple contexts, but how reusable are pedagogical design patterns? Over the past three years, we have tried to adapt existing design patterns and write new patterns specifically to enhance feedback in an intelligent online learning system for Math called ASSISTments. However, this has proved to be difficult because there appear to be features of learning environments that call for patterns that are either too general or too specific. For example, design patterns whose context involves interpreting learners’ misconceptions may be easy for teachers in traditional classroom settings, but difficult for intelligent learning systems because algorithms that predict misconceptions are currently imperfect. In this paper, we identify contextual learning-environment features and investigate how they might affect the appropriateness of design patterns to a given learning environment.