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My research focuses on understanding and supporting the interplay between curriculum development and teacher professional development, and often emphasizes the supportive role of technology in these processes. I am committed to exploring how educational research can serve the development of scientific understanding while also developing sustainable solutions to real problems in educational practice. Since educational design research lends itself to these dual aims, I also work on developing and explicating ways to conduct design research. In addition to authoring numerous articles, I co-edited the book, Educational Design Research and, together with Tom Reeves, wrote the book, Conducting Educational Design Research.


September 26-29: Working group leader at the International Society of the Design and Development in Education Conference in Nottingham, UK.

October 25: Invited lecture for teachers and students from the University of Calgary working on educatonal design research projects, in collaboration with Michele Jacobsen.

November 4: Invited online workshop for the International Baccalaureate organization on school-based curriculum development with Nienke Nieveen, Rochelle Hurenkamp, Veit Wasserfuhr and Magdalena Balica.

December 21-23: Invited speaker and strand leader at the international conference on addressing Wicked Problems in Medical Education through Systematic Inquiry: Same Problem, Different Approaches in Phuket, Thailand.

January 23: Workshop for teachers at the closing conference of the Democratizing Critical Thinking project, Hogeschool Utrecht.



Call for participation: Educational Designer is preparing a Special Issue on Design for Justice and Belonging

April 2022: Honored to have been named Best Teacher of the Year in our Master's Program on Educational Science and Technology!

Released: Conducting Educational Design Research (2nd Ed)

2nd edition


September 16: Invited lecture for teachers from the University of Amsterdam working on educatonal research projects in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Centre.

September 13: Invited online presentation for the Dutch Ministry of Education on large-scale curriculum development with Nienke Nieveen, Adrie Visscher, Susanne Spiele, Ryan Wakayima & Judith Frissen.

July 12: Invited presentation for the RPP working group established by the Initiative - Center for Knowledge and Research in Education, a unit of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

June 10: Keynote on PhDs conducting educational design research for foreign language instruction at the Design-Based research in Foreign Language Education Symposium organized by the Universiy of Munster

June 9: Invited seminar on Conducting educational design research at the Iselinge Hogeschool in the Netherlands


  • April-June, 2022: Followup workshop series on Conducting educational design research for PhDs at the Competence Center for School Inclusion at the University of Bolzano in Italy
  • February 28, 2022: Seminar on Conducting educational design research for the Didactical Design in Classroom Research network hosted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • January 20, 2022: Keynote on PhDs conducting educational design research for the DFG-funded DBR network meeting organized by the Universities of Paderborn and Hamburg
  • November-December, 2021: Workshop series on Introducing educational design research at the Competence Center for School Inclusion at the University of Bolzano in Italy
  • September-December, 2021: PhD course on Conducting educational design research at the Inter-university Center for Educational Sciences (ICO) graduate school and research network.
  • September 16, 2021: Keynote on Vocational teacher professional development and educational design research at the German annual conference of Vocational Education Science in Bamberg
  • September 7, 2021: Paper presentation on Curriculum Design at Scale: How designers actually work with Jan van den Akker, Ryan Wakamiya, Andreas Beer, Yvonne Zijlstra and Edlyn Chao at the annual ECER conference September 6-10, Geneva (online)
  • June 11, 2021: Keynote on Educational design research for oracy development: Why, what and how? at Munster conference on Fostering and Assessing Oracy in Foreign Language Education
  • June 8, 2021: interactive seminar on Educational Design Research for the Facilitating professional development for lecturers partners of the SURF acceleration plan
  • May 28, 2021: Introduction to Educational Design Research guest lecture for the COSIMA research unit at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  • May 19, June 2, June 9, 2021: Three part seminar series on Launching a Design Research Agenda for the Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society and Culture at the University of Helsinki.
  • April 26, 2021: Interactive seminar on Design-Based Research with Tom Reeves at the University of Georgia course taught by Ikseon Choi
  • April 14, 2021: Workshop on The Practicalities of Conducting Educational Design Research for the Digital Learning Arenas research group at Oslo Metropolitan University
  • April 7, 2021: Interactive seminar entitled, Educational design research: The question then arises for the Educational Technologies Program at the University of Haifa
  • March 19, 2021: Invited lecture for InHolland Masterclass on Teacher Learning through Participation in Design Teams
  • January 8, 2021: Workshop on educational design research at PULSE 2021
  • November 6, 2020: Special session on the role of theory in reserach and practice at the annual AECT convention
  • November 5, 2020: Presidential panel session on transitioning from COVID-19 to adaptive education at the annual AECT convention
  • November 3, 2020: Keynote with Tom Reeves on how design research can address wicked problems in education at the AACE Innovate Learning Summit
  • November 2, 2020: Keynote on Infrastructuring culturally-situated design research in education at the annual AECT convention
  • April, 2020: Special issue in Educational Technology Research & Development on The Role of Theory in Learning Design and Technology Research and Practice released
  • March 27, 2020: Invited lecture for InHolland Masterclass on Teacher Learning through Participation in Design Teams
  • February 4, 2020: Invited doctoral seminar for Brigham Young University on conducting educational design research
  • September 16-19, 2019: Keynote at the annual meeting of the International Society for Design and Development in Education
  • September 9-10, 2019: Workshop on educational design research hosted by Kumamoto University
  • September 7-8, 2019: Keynote at the annual Japan Society for Educational Technology conference in Nagoya
  • May 22-24, 2019: Invited seminar on educational design reseach at the University of Helsinki
  • May 17, 2019: Discussions with teacher educators at the annual ECENT/ELWIeR conference in Utrecht
  • May 13-20, 2019: Facilitating the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase on exciting innovations in STEM education
  • May 7, 2019: Invited seminar on publishing educational design research at the University of Bremen
  • April 2, 2019: Invited workshop for The International Baccalaureate (IB) on Curriculum Design
  • March-April, 2019: ICO Doctoral course on conducting educational design research with Saskia Brand-Gruwel
  • March 18, 2019: Invited session on educational design research for T-REX, the (Irish) Teachers' Research Exchange
  • March 15, 2019: Invited lecture for InHolland Masterclass on Teacher Learning through Participation in Design Teams
  • December 13, 2018: Half-day workshop with Tom Reeves on conducting educational design research in the context of teacher education
  • December 12, 2018: Full-day workshop for the Center for Engineering Education with Tom Reeves on conducting educational design research
  • September 24-26, 2018: Invited presentation on university-school partnerhips at the NSF-NRO joing workshop on Diversifying and Deepening Engagement and Learning in STEM
  • June 29, 2018: Keynote on Developing Educational Design Researcher Capacity at EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference in Amsterdam
  • June 28, 2018: Presentation on BMS Learning Research at theFaculty of Behavioral, Management & Social Sciences research conference
  • June 24-27, 2018: Measuring the Scale Outcomes of Curriculum Materials paper presentation at ICLS
  • June 8, 2018: Invited lectures for InHolland on Masterclass on Teacher Learning through Participation in Design Teams
  • May 28-31, 2018: ISDDE conference in Galway, Ireland
  • May 15, 2018: Invited workshop for The International Baccalaureate (IB) on Designing Teacher Support Materials
  • April 7, 2018: Keynote at the annual meeting of academically educated primary school teachers (BAB) on Reseach-Practie Interactions, Utrecht
  • March 16, 2018: Guest lecture at the University of Ghent on Educational Design and Construction
  • March 21-23, 2018: ICO spring school workshop on Designing Curriculum Resources for Impact
  • February 12, 2018: Invited lecture for Expertis on Thematic Teaching, Amersfoort
  • January 25, 2018: DUDOC workshop in Nijmegen with Martin Goedhart on Academic Writing
  • November 14, 2017: Invited talk on the infrastructure for teacher talent development at the University of Twente's Pro-U teacher network meeting.
  • October 19, 2017: Invited talk on the interplay between research and education at the University of Twente's annual Education Day
  • October 11-13, 2017: Keynote address for the “Developing competencies in learners" Scientific Research Community, Leuven Belgium
  • October 9, 2017: Invited seminar on educational improvement for Het Stedelijk Lyceum, Enschede
  • September, 2017: Special issue in the European Journal of Educationon the Participatory Design of (Built) Learning Environments
  • June 28-30, 2017: Eight different presentations at the ORD in Antwerp
  • June 21, 2017: Keynote address at the KPZ annual conference in Zwolle
  • June 5, 2017: Keynote address at SALTISE 2017, Montreal, Canada
  • May 31, 2017: Invited address for the Dutch Support Center for Teaching Schools (Steunpunt Opleidingsscholen), VO raad
  • May 18, 2017: Inaugural address, Infrastructuring teacher growth, together with Adrie Visscher and ELAN symposium, University of Twente
  • April 21, 2017: Invited speaker at ALINA event on activating teaching methods and active learning spaces in higher education, Leuven, Belgium
  • March 22-24, 2017: Keynote address on Curriculum materials that support teachers and their learning at DariaTeach, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • March 16-17, 2017: Discussant at VELON in Amsterdam
  • March 10, 2017: Invited talk at ACIN meeting on Design-based research vs Research-based design in polytech education, Amsterdam
  • January 7-10, 2017: Paper presentation on Balancing shared and vertical leadership: evaluating a model that supports team coaches in leading teacher design teams, with Floor Binkhorst, Cindy Poortman & Wouter van Joolingen at ICSEI, in Ottowa Canada
  • December 9, 2016: PhD seminar on educational design research at the University of Bremen
  • November 2-4, 2016: PhD workshop on design-based (implementation) research at the ICO Fall School
  • October 27, 2016: Masterclass on research-practice interactions for the Veluwse onderwijsgroep
  • September 19-22, 2016: ISDDE conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • June 20-24, 2016: Diverse presentations at ICLS conference in Singapore including:pre-conference workshop on research-practice partnerships with Bill Penuel, Phil Bell, Elizabeth Charles, Thérèse Laferrière, Alain Breuleux, Barry Fishman; paper presentaion on reseach-practice interactions with Jan van Aalst and Cory Forbes; paper presentation on designing science curricula for large scale implementation with Debra Bernstein, Brian Drayton & Chris Schunn; paper presentation with Harini Raval on teacher coaching in Indian schools
  • May 25-27, 2016: Various presentations at ORD conference in Rotterdam including: pre-conference workshop for PhD students on academic writing; symposium on participatory design and the build learning environment, ICO theme group symposium on technology in the curriculum, and more.
  • March 11, 2016: Guest lecture on educational design, University of Ghent
  • January 27, 2016: Keynote presentation at Twents Meesterschap: Passie in het onderwijs
  • November 24, 2015: Curriculum design workshop for ECOP/OU
  • October, 2015: Special issue in AJET on Educational Design Research in Post-Secondary Learning Environments
  • September 22-25, 2015: ISDDE conference in Boulder, Colorado
  • August, 2015: EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) Symposium: Design Collaborations: Contexts for Researcher and Teacher Learning
  • June 17-19, 2015: ORD (Onderwijs Research Dagen) in Leiden, symposium on Docentontwerpteams: Hoe werken ze (niet) en waarom? [Teacher design teams: How do they (not) work and why?]
  • April 16-20, 2015: AERA (American Educational Research Association) in Chicago, poster symposium on Teachers as Designers with Yael Kali, Joke Voogt, Ornit Sagy and others.
  • March 2015: Special issue in Instructional Science on Teachers as Designers of Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • November 19-20, 2014: Educational design research seminars in Bergen with the IMTE and Western Norway University Networks.
  • October 27-30, 2014: Invited session at Elearn: Research-based design & design-based research: Affordances, limitations & synergies
  • July 24, 2014: AECT-RTD Webinar on building a line of investigation through Educational Design Research, with Tom Reeves.
  • June 23-27, 2014: International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) in Boulder, Colorado.
    Pre-conference workshop on Tightening Research-Practice Connections with Kim Gomez and Brian Reiser; Invited symposium on Teachers as Designers with Yael Kali, Joke Voogt, Ornit Sagy and others.
  • January 2014: AECT Research and Theory Division Outstanding Book award 2013: Conducting Educational Design Research
  • December 1-2, 2013: Invited talk in London at Peducate: Participatory Design of the Future Building School, bringing designers, architects, historians, learning experts, teachers and students together to envision schools of the future.
  • November 27-29, 2013: Keynote address and panel discussion at the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) Bienne/Biel, Switzerland.
  • November 18, 2013: Keynote address at the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education International Conference in Brussels.
  • August 27-31, 2013: Invited panel and symposium at European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Conference (EARLI) Munich
  • June 12-18, 2013: International online masterclass: How to Conduct Educational Design Research at CELSTEC with Tom Reeves and Harini Raval welcomed students from 5 continents - core presentations available
  • June 6-7, 2013: Keynote at the Swiss Centre for Innovations and Learning 5th international conference Lost in Transition: Pathways to successful learning in organizations
  • March 28-29, 2013: Seminar at Ghent University: Researcher-practitioner collaboration in educational design research: Values, expectations, roles and outcomes
  • January, 2013: Seminar at Hogeschool Zuyd: An introduction to Educational Design Research
  • September, 2012: Doctoral seminar at CROSSFIELD, and invited talk at the University of St. Gallen's Institute for Business Education and Educational Management
  • June, 2012: Invited seminar at FUNKEN (SPARKS), Dortmund's graduate school on didactical design research
  • May, 2012: Keynote at Educational Design Research Conference in Twente
  • April, 2012: EDUCAUSE ELI webinar
  • February, 2012: Collaboration in India