Pre-Conference Journal Symposium on Formative Design and Design Thinking

Sunday, October 20, and Monday, October 21, 2019

Held in conjunction with the Annual International Convention of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), October 21-24, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada

Sponsored by:

• Journal of Formative Design in Learning (JFDL)

• College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University

• College of Community Innovations and Education,

University of Central Florida

• Office of Scholarship and Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton

Teachers College, Arizona State University

Design thinking has been receiving attention in education as a set of strategies applicable to student learning, teacher development, and educational innovation. There is a clear need for scholarly and practical evidence and examples of educational approaches that bring design into education—particularly in regard to formative design. The goal of this symposium is to bring together scholars interested in the role of formative design and design thinking in a collaborative discussion and peer-review process to develop potential submissions for the Journal of Formative Design in Learning (JFDL). While the focus of this symposium is on design thinking and how it relates to formative design, we are open to various approaches, tools, processes, and ways of viewing and applying formative design and design thinking in teaching and learning.

Specifically, the symposium will seek to accomplish the following:

• To discuss and share a dialog about the current state of formative design and design thinking in teaching and learning

• To provide an opportunity for potential authors who submit a plan of work of a draft of a potential journal submission and presented in a small group setting, in order to receive valuable feedback for crafting their forthcoming work

• To participate in world café roundtables to review full drafts from authors of planned submissions to the journal.

Note: Both the abstracts and article drafts should be explicitly focused on or deeply involved with the topics of formative design and design thinking. All submissions to the symposium will be considered for expedited review by JFDL once submissions are finalized and returned through normal submission channels.


• June 15, 2019: Abstracts and article drafts due.

• July 15, 2019: Authors of papers accepted for discussion notified.

• July 31, 2019: All papers available for attendee review. It is expected that all symposium attendees will review all submitted papers in order to actively participate in the discussions and roundtable reviews.

• October 20-21, 2019: Symposium: The discussions will be guided and facilitated by members of the JFDL Editorial Board and faculty from all three of the above universities.

• October 20, 2-5 PM: Discussions on formative design and design thinking as well as review and discussion of abstracts or work-products of those who have submitted these written artifacts prior to the symposium.

• October 21, 8:30 AM – 4 PM: Participants who submit their drafts prior to the symposium will have their works reviewed in world café roundtable format by others who also participate in the sessions.

• Specifics about submission requirements and more details about the symposium can be found on the journal’s support site:


Symposium fee: $150 (includes snacks both days and light breakfast and lunch on day two).

For more information, including how to sign up for the Pre-Conference, please contact Dr. Robert Kenny, Editor-in-Chief, JFDL – e-mail


More about the journal*:

Journal of Formative Design in Learning

More about the participating university programs:

• Florida Gulf Coast University Educational Technology Program


Instructional Design & Technology program at UCF


• Office of Scholarship & Innovation at Arizona State University


*Of course, the journal welcomes manuscript submissions on an on-going basis. Visit the journal homepage ( and click on the Submit button to access the Editorial Manager submission site. Pre-Conference participants should not submit their manuscripts here until so notified.