Design-Based Research Methodology:
Going deeper than methods in multimodal learning analytics

LAK 2024 – Kyoto, Japan – March 18, 2024

Call for Participation


Multimodal learning analytics (MMLA) frequently uses design-based research (DBR). In this workshop, we take a close look, consider the methodology underpinning design-based research methods, and reflect on how this methodology shapes multimodal research. This workshop blends collaborative theoretical reflection and practical knowledge sharing about “doing the work” of multimodal research.  You will participate in this workshop as a collaborator.

The workshop leaders will facilitate discussion by highlighting relevant theoretical debates, providing research summaries, sharing resources, and introducing activities to structure reflection, debate, and clarify the methodology underpinning our work. Anyone, both experts and newcomers to MMLA and design-based research, will be able to participate and deepen their methodological perspectives.

Workshop Plan

The workshop is a full day and includes the following topics and activities:

  1. Introduction and Activating Debate. Introducing ourselves (participants and workshop leaders) and identifying our research beliefs, practices, and methods.
  2. Digging into Design-Based Research. Presenting methodological aspects of design-based research and working hands-on with these methods through reflection, design, and feedback in small groups. Building shared understanding, identifying differences, and representing our perspectives more systematically.
  3. Advancing methodology in MMLA. Building bridges between the methodological perspectives and the technical and logistics of conducting MMLA research.
  4. Reflections and Next Steps. Summarize the outputs and developments of the workshop and apply the workshop to our own work.

Important Dates

16 December 2023: Workshop Paper Submission Deadline

20 December, 2023: Submission Feedback / Notification of Acceptance

Call for Papers

Submissions are closed for workshop papers. You can still register for the workshop and join as a participant.

You can submit a short paper to this workshop (this is useful for those needing a paper accepted to secure travel funding). Submitting a paper is not necessary but is recommended. We will review work, give feedback, and build on these paper submissions at the workshop.

This short paper can be up to 500 words and should address one of the following prompts:  

  • Methods. Describe the methods and methodology you have used in an MMLA project.
  • Challenges. Reflect on specific challenges and limitations you have encountered using design-based research or other research methods of MMLA work.
  • Perspectives. Reflect and describe your methodological perspectives and how these map into research in practice
  • Questions. If you have limited experience in MMLA or DBR. Describe what you hope to learn and where you are coming from regarding research methods.

In your paper, indicate which prompt you address (or state a combination). Citations are welcome but optional.