the University of Education Freiburg invites you to a conference on Instructional Design for Discovery, taking place from July 1st to July 2nd, 2024. Join us in exploring research-based strategies for integrating discovery learning, direct instruction, and multi-phased instructional designs in digitally-enhanced learning environments.
The effectiveness of discovery learning versus direct instruction remains a subject of ongoing debate within the field of education. Each approach carries its own set of pros and cons, and their effectiveness hinges on multiple variables such as the educational context, the specific subject matter, and the unique requirements of learners. While literature often presents polarized viewpoints, advocating strongly for one approach over the other, very recently de Jong et al. (2023) make a plea for researchers to combine or integrate such approaches. In line with this plea, multi-phased instructional designs – such as problem-solving prior to instruction – draw a more nuanced picture and suggest that a combination of elements of both, discovery learning and direct instruction may have special affordances. During this conference, we aim to discuss discovery learning, direct instruction as well as multi-phased instructional designs in digital contexts, considering benefits and drawbacks from a research perspective. Thus, the guiding principle of the conference is:
“Enhancing digital Education: Bridging Discovery and Direct Instruction”
The conference aims to explore instructional design strategies that promote self-regulated exploration as well as direct instruction of new learning materials. We encourage a comprehensive discussion involving various perspectives for both domain-general and domain-specific learning. Hence, participants from diverse fields such as subject-specific education, educational psychology, and educational and learning sciences are invited. Given the widespread adoption of technology in education, the primary emphasis will be on digital instruction.
We are currently planning panels in which research will be presented and discussed. We aim to approach the conference topic from as many perspectives as possible. Even if some sections only consider the conference topic marginally, all contributions will be discussed in the light of the overarching theme. The focus will be on different types of instruction, media and subject-specific didactics.
The focal points are:
- Creating cognitively-activating tasks and lessons in literature classes
- Self-regulated exploration in educational videogames
- Using VR and AR to create explorative learning environments
- Interactive software in math education
- Simulations and experiments: Inquiry-based learningin the natural sciences and technical didactics
- Learning with videos: receiving vs. generating instructional videos
- Digitally supported learning in physical education: How do digital media influence movement and sport-related learning processes?
- Benefits of explorative problem solving before direct instruction
- Learning through self-regulated drawing and concept mapping
- Teaching concepts not tools – Fostering creative literacies in music
Prof. Dr. Timo Leuders
Pro. Dr. Jan Boelmann
Prof. Dr. Katharina Loibl
Prof. Dr. Frank Reinhold
Prof. Dr. Matthias Nückles
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maik Beege