DBR and MMLA at LAK24 and LASI Europe

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


  1. LASI Europe – Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – May 29

  1. LAK 2024 – Kyoto, Japan – March 18, 2024

The last workshop happened on May 29 in Jerez de la Frontera at LASI Europe 2024 and LAK2024.

The previous opportunity to participate with CROSS MMLA was a full-day workshop titled Design-Based Research Methodology—Going Deeper Than Methods in Multimodal Learning Analytics. This workshop is part of the 2024 Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) conference hosted by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) in Kyoto, Japan.


Multimodal learning analytics (MMLA) frequently uses design-based research (DBR). In this workshop, we examine 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 and 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.

The Workshop Plan

The workshop includes the following topics and activities:

  • Introduction and Activating Debate. Introducing ourselves (participants and workshop leaders) and identifying our research beliefs, practices, and methods.

  • 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.

  • Advancing methodology in MMLA. Building bridges between the methodological perspectives and the technical and logistics of conducting MMLA research.

  • Reflections and Next Steps. Summarize the outputs and developments of the workshop and apply the workshop to our work.


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 (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.

  Daniel Elizabeth Haggod, University of Copenhagen, dh@ind.ku.dk LAK Team:Azad Arslan, Mutlu Curkurova, Daniele Di Mitri, Vanessa Echeverria, Andrew Emerson, Gloria Fernandez Nieto, Michail Michail, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Daniel Spikol, Xavier Ochoa, Namrata Srivastava and Yeye Wang