At the nexus of learning and innovation
November 14, 10:00 am

Room 424, Level 4 Education Building A35,

University of Sydney Camperdown campus

14th - Bill Penuel seminar on Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) from 10-11am. (Followed by a workshop.)


Room 424, Level 4 Education Building A35,

University of Sydney Camperdown campus

Bill PenuelJoin us at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) on 14th November when Professor Bill Penuel presents on Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR).

This event will start with a seminar (From a Few Classrooms to Many: Expanding Design Research to Support Organizational Change) in room 424. After the seminar will be an optional  workshop (Organizing Collaborative Design Teams in DBIR), registration essential. The seminar will be approximately an hour and the workshop approximately two, with a short break for refreshments at the beginning of the workshop.

You can attend either or both of these events. No registration is needed for the seminar. In the case of the workshop, registration is free but essential as places are limited -

  • 10.00-11.00, Rm 424 - Seminar: From a Few Classrooms to Many - Expanding Design Research to Support Organizational Change (no registration needed)

Design-based research involves the iterative design and testing of innovative models for supporting learning in classrooms. Historically, researchers have conducted design studies in a small number of classrooms and focused on carefully documenting interactions with tasks, tools, and people that contribute to learning goals. Today’s demands for organization-level improvement in teaching and learning in schools and universities requires expanding design research to address problems as defined by multiple stakeholders and to learn from innovation implementation across many classrooms. Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) is an approach to design-based research that employs collaborative design and theories and methods from policy and organizational research to develop and test innovations at scale. This talk will present the core principles of DBIR and an illustration of its principles as applied to the design and implementation of a project-based secondary education biology curriculum across schools in a large urban school system in the U.S. It presents DBIR as an extension of design research that is well positioned to address problems of scale and sustainability.

The seminar will be followed by a workshop: Organizing Collaborative Design Teams in DBIR (11.00-13.00, Rm 618). Registration is free but essential as places are limited -


Bill Penuel is Professor of Educational Psychology & Learning Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Director of LSHD: Learning Sciences & Human Development at the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice.

Professor Penuel began his career in the field of youth development, developing expertise in program development and evaluation. As Director of Evaluation Research at the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, Professor Penuel developed a broad program of education research in STEM education. During his thirteen years there, he conducted a variety of design, assessment, and evaluation research studies and developed expertise in educational technologies, classroom assessment, implementation research, and large-scale cluster randomized trials of educational innovations.

Professor Penuel’s current research focuses on teacher learning and organizational processes that shape the implementation of educational policies, school curricula, and afterschool programs. He examines learning and development from sociocultural, social capital, and complex social systems perspectives. His teaching interests focus on research methodologies for the learning sciences, adolescent development, and educational technology. He recently developed a new course for the Education Minor called Learning with Technology in and out of School.


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