Researcher and consultant in educational innovation and technology
Dr. Yishay Mor is the head of the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching at the Levinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv. Before this, he was an independent consultant in educational innovation and technology and the educational design scientist at PAU Education, Barcelona. His main areas of expertise are Learning Design, Educational Design Research, and teacher professional development – which are combined in his work on Design Inquiry of Learning and the Learning Design Studio. Dr. Mor has also explored the new possibilities opened up by social and mobile technologies for learning, and specifically the potential these have in developing contexts. In recent years, Dr. Mor has established himself as an expert on Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). He led the Open Learning Design Studio MOOC, acted as advisor to several other MOOCs, and guest edited a special issue of eLearning papers on “MOOCs and beyond”. At PAU Education, he designed and led the incubator programme of the Open Education Challenge, provided strategic consulting for the Open Education Europa portal, and led the MOOCs & Co initiative which provides guidance and support in educational innovation, from defining a strategy, through the design, development and evaluation of educational solutions.
Dr. Mor has published extensively, has participated in multiple EU and UK funded projects, and had founded the STELLAR network of excellence Learning Design Grid theme team. and has conducted scores of learning design workshops for educational practitioners. He is the co-editor of the book “The Art and Science of Learning Design“, which brings together key motifs in current thinking on learning design, and the book “Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology” which offers a ground-breaking approach to bridging the gap between theory and practice in education. He has edited special issues of several journals, including Research in Learning Technology and the British Journal of Educational Technology. He is editor in chief of eLearning Papers.
Dr. Mor’s initial training was as a computer scientist. Having completed his MSc in multi-agent systems, he worked for several years as a senior software engineer, before shifting his path to educational research. His PhD thesis “A Design Approach to Research in Technology Enhanced Mathematics Education” won the second TELEARC award for PhD excellence.
LX Design and Design Based Research
LX design is a powerful emerging paradigm for professional practice in education. Likewise, Educational Design Research (EDR), aslo known as Design Based Research (DBR) is a powerful emerging paradigm for the scientific study and development of educational innovations. Despite the common theme of design, communication between these approaches is lacking; LX design often lacks scientific rigor, while EDR falls short in practical applicatability. The concept of Design Inquiry of Learning trys to bridge the two approaches, and at the same time offer a novel approach to the education of educational practitioners. Design Inquiry of Learning is the basis for the Learning Design Studio methodology, which has been successfully implemented in several MOOCs, courses, and multiple workshops.