Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies
The Focus Group “Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies” (headed by Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professor Anna Keune) works on research at the intersection of learning sciences and design scholarship. The work of the group investigates creative design technologies and materials with the aim to advance the understanding of gendered materiality of STEM learning and the design of educational technologies that support all learners.
Three theoretical commitments guide the group’s empirical study of how materials can foster STEM learning, transform what counts as STEM participation, and widen who participates.
- Constructionist approaches to learning assume that learning happens best when people engage in the design and sharing of personally meaningful projects.
- Connected Learning honors practices across cultural backgrounds as sources for learning.
- Posthumanist perspectives on learning acknowledge the active role of materials in STEM learning.
To empirically study learning, the members of the Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies Focus Group employ a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, including video analysis, mediated discourse analysis, and artifact analysis. To align methodological approaches to the novel theoretical commitments, the group is also invested in methodological innovations that can capture learning that may otherwise go unnoticed (e.g., Keune et al., 2022).
Computational Crafting Lab
The Focus Group conducts much of its work at the newly established Computational Crafting Lab that is located at the UnternehmerTUM’s Makerspace in Garching. The purpose of the Computational Crafting Lab is
- to support research and design to advance the gendered materiality of STEM learning,
- to develop teaching materials and student-research opportunities, and
- to strengthen connections with communities in and around TUM.
The Computational Crafting Lab is a model space that is supportive of equitable approaches toward STEM learning with an outlook on gender equity. The Computational Crafting Lab is designed based on four core design principles that emerged from the focus group’s research, including diversity to offer a wide range of materials and empathy to invite user-centered design and build on familiarity.