SNaP!ing PBL: design narratives and patterns of problem / project based learning
A Workshop at EC-TEL 2013
17 Sept. 2013
Organisers: Yishay Mor, Thomas Ryberg, Brenda Bannan-Ritland, Susan McKenney

Yishay Mor (yishay.mor at
Is Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) Academic Team. Yishay combines a background in computer science with a design perspective on educational research, practice, and professional development. His PhD thesis "A Design Approach to Research in Technology Enhanced Mathematics Education" won the 2011 TELEARC award for PhD excellence. Yishay's previous research has explored methodologies for formulating and sharing design knowledge in education. He has developed and applied these methodolgies through investigations in game-based learning in mathematics education and mobile learning for development. He recently led the  "learning design grid" theme team of the STELLAR network of excellence and the OLDS MOOC and is a co-investigator on the METIS project.

Thomas Ryberg (ryberg at
Is professor mso in the department of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University. He is co-chair of the International Networked Learning Conference. He is member and former head of the Aalborg PBL Academy Management Board. He has participated in European and international research projects and networks and in development projects in South East Asia and Latin America. His Primary research interests are within the fields of Networked Learning, Problem Based Learning (PBL), Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). Particularly interested in Problem Based Learning, and how new media and technologies transform our ways of thinking about and designing for Networked and Hybrid Learning.

Thomas' page at Aalborg University

Brenda Bannan-Ritland (bbannan at
Is an Associate Professor in the Instructional Technology/Learning Technologies Design Research programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Her research interests primarily revolve around the articulation of integrated design and research processes in learning technology design and development. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the emerging method of design research in education related to areas such as mobile learning, augmented reality, inquiry-based instruction, language learning and cognition, motivation and special education. Dr. Bannan has been invited as a keynote speaker for conferences in China, Canada, Peru and the U.S and serves on the international program committee of the Association for Learning Technologies (ALT) in the United Kingdom.

Brenda's page at George Mason University

Susan McKenney (susan.mckenney at
Is Associate professor in the Learning & Cognition Group of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) at the Open University of the Netherlands and in the Department of Instructional Technology within the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences at Twente University. She is especially interested in exploring and supporting the interplay between curriculum development and teacher professional development. She is  committed to exploring how educational research can serve the development of scientific understanding while also developing solutions to real problems in educational practice. In addition to authoring numerous articles, she co-edited the book, Educational Design Research and, together with Tom Reeves, wrote the book, Conducting Educational Design Research. Dr. McKenney is current editor-in-chief of Educational Designer, the journal of the International Society for Design and Development in Education