Barry Fishman on Making Things That are Useful and Used: A Design-Based Implementation Research Approach @ CREATE Lab, 196 Mercer St., 8th Floor

12/18/2013 12:30 pm – 12/18/2013
Making Things That are Useful and Used: A Design-Based Implementation Research Approach Barry Fishman, University of Michigan We all want to build things that improve learning and teaching, and that ultimately make the world a better place. One of the ways for this to happen is to create an effective intervention that is both sustainable and scalable. But to show that an intervention is effective we also must conduct credible research employing rigorous methodologies to evaluate what we build. But often, our very approaches to research inhibit scalability and sustainability. Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) is an emerging approach to research that combines learning sciences and policy research methods and perspectives to address persistent problems of practice, particularly related to implementation. In this talk, I define DBIR, describe its key principles, and present examples of DBIR from my own research. In addition, we will discuss challenges to developing DBIR as an interdisciplinary approach to research on interventions for learning that support systemic change.
Barry Fishman is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies in the University of Michigan School of Education and also the School of Information. His research focuses on: teacher learning and the role of technology in supporting teacher learning, video games as models for learning environments, and the development of usable, scalable, and sustainable learning innovations through design-based implementation research (DBIR). Dr. Fishman currently serves as the Associate Steward for Teaching and Learning on the Information Technology Council at the University of Michigan. He was co-author of the Obama Administration’s 2010 U.S. National Educational Technology Plan, and served as Associate Editor of The Journal of the Learning Sciences from 2005-2012. He received his A.B. from Brown University in English and American Literature in 1989, his M.S. from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology in 1992, and his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 1996.