Past Meetup

Designing for innovation in e-learning - a design thinking workshop

This Meetup is past

37 people went

Price: A$30.00 /per person

University of Sydney

Level 16, 133 Castlereagh Street · Sydney

How to find us

Level 16 and follow the signs

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You will learn about Design Thinking by applying the principles to a problem where you are one of the ‘customers’.

In this workshop you, the Instructional Design & eLearning community, will work with The University of Sydney Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation team to design an (online) space for eLearning practitioners to interact with academics on the innovation of eLearning methods, practices and technologies.

You’ll be introduced to the basic concepts and tools of Design Thinking and apply these to design an online space where practitioners and researchers can jointly work on eLearning innovation. You will be thinking about issues such as:

* How do design for the online experience?
* How to represent/inscribe e-learning knowledge (e.g., cases, narratives, patterns, models)?
* How to encourage contributions and commitment?
* How to regulate community behavior and how to deal with newcomers?

At the end of the workshop, in addition to answers to these questions, you will have some practical Design Thinking skills such as:

* Gaining empathy
* Taking a point of view
* Ideation
* Prototyping

Immediately after the workshop, we’ll be hosting a regular MeetUp and members of the workshop will be invited to share their experiences with the wider group. We’ll also talk about Design Thinking and look at some of the resources to learn this practice.

The workshop is part of a research project at the University of Sydney. The workshop will be video- and audio-recorded, and participants will be asked for their consent for these recordings to be analysed (under a strict ethics protocol that includes privacy and data security aspects). The research is very practical and analyses knowledge production at the boundaries of different communities of practice. It will describe what works and why it works in knowledge co-creation through boundary crossing and will be publicly available.

Following on from the event, funding allowing, the Centre for Research on Learning & Innovation will design and implement a basic platform for the Sydney Instructional Design & eLearning Meetup that includes the main design elements identified in the workshop, and will also provide further resources on design thinking.

We can deliver this workshop for a token fee because of the generosity of Sydney University offering the venue and CRLI ( donating their time, expertise and knowledge for free.

It’s a great collaboration between academia and industry. The event has been organised by Professor Peter Reimann (, Associate Professor Abelardo Pardo (, David Swaddle ( and Roxana Jarolimek (

Some pre-reading will be required.

15:00 - Start
18:00 - Workshop Ends

Everybody who's coming to the workshop is strongly encouraged to attend the MeetUp to share your experiences, but it's not compulsory. Separate registration is required.

18:00 - MeetUp doors open
18:30 - MeetUp presentations start
19:30 - MeetUp presentations end
20:00 - Pour ourselves into a local bar

Drinks and snacks will be provided to keep you going.