Participatory Patterns Workshops

The Participatory Pattern Workshop (PPW) methodology is a framework for engaging multi-disciplinary communities in collaborative reflection on educational innovation in a given domain. This methodology leads participants through a process of articulating their experience in the form of Design Narratives, eliciting from those Design Patterns, and using these to generate testable future design conjectures, in the form of Design Scenarios.

This methodology is mirrored by the Learning Design Studio approach, which guides practitioners through a reflective process of designing, prototyping and evaluating new innovations. The synergies between the two are discussed in (Warburton & Mor, 2015).

The overarching argument behind these methodologies is that (educational) design fills a space between theory and practice, drawing on both and feeding back to both. In this space, we have educational design research (AKA "design based research", which has a stronger commitment to theory, and design for learning (AKA "learning design") which is closer to practice. But both should share the dual commitment to theory and practice, and both could benefit from exchange of ideas and methods.

See the Participatory Pattern Workshops Resource Kit. (also on researchgate)


Warburton, S. & Mor, Y. (2015), Double Loop Design: Configuring Narratives, Patterns and Scenarios in the Design of Technology Enhanced Learning, in Yishay Mor; Marcelo Maina & Brock Craft, ed., 'The Art and Science of Learning Design' , Sense publishers, Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei .

Mor, Y. (2013), SNaP! Re-using, sharing and communicating designs and design knowledge using Scenarios, Narratives and Patterns, in Rosemary Luckin; Peter Goodyear; Barbara Grabowski; Sadhana Puntambekar; Niall Winters & Joshua Underwood, ed., 'Handbook of Design in Educational Technology' , Routledge, , pp. 189-200

Mor, Y.; Warburton, S. & Winters, N. (2012), 'Participatory Pattern Workshops: A Methodology for Open Learning Design Inquiry', Research in Learning Technology 20 .

Mor, Y. (2011), Embedding Design Patterns in a Methodology for a Design Science of e-Learning, in Christian Kohls & Joachim Wedekind, ed., 'Problems Investigations of E-Learning Patterns: Context Factors Solutions' , Information Science Publishing, Hershey, PA .

Winters, N. & Mor, Y. (2009), 'Dealing with abstraction: Case study generalisation as a method for eliciting design patterns', Computers in Human Behavior 25 (5) , 1079-1088 .

Mor, Y. & Winters, N. (2008), 'Participatory design in open education: a workshop model for developing a pattern language', Journal of Interactive Media .