Workshop 2015

The first EduPLoP workshop will be held March 27-31 2015. It will take place in Schermerhorn, the Netherlands.

The program of the workshop can be found here.

Topic: Assessment
Our mission is to write new educational patterns during the EduPLoP. We will focus on one topic during the workshop. At the first EduPLoP we will look for patterns on assessment.

What are best practices to assess students and document their knowledge level, skills, attitudes and behaviour? How can we ensure to measure the right indicators and evaluate students appropriately and fair? Which assessment strategies fit to the different educational activities and contexts? What makes assessment difficult and how can these forces be resolved?

During the workshop we will discuss common approaches and share our own experiences in order to mine solid and justified forms of assessment.  Possible outcomes are maps of related patterns, identified fields of forces, and collaboratively written pattern documents.

We will meet in a small house called “De Anna Hoeve”, far away from any city. The environment should be perfect for intense collaboration, relaxing and inspiration. More info on the place (in Dutch) can be found here:

De Anna Hoeve, Schermerhorn, the Netherlands

Participants of the workshop in march 2015 (in alphabetical order):

Joe Bergin
Joe Bergin was professor of Computer Science at Pace University in New York for over 20 years in a teaching career of over 40 years. His education is all Mathematics, but he switched early to CS. He was an early adopter, but not a founder, of the Pedagogical Patterns movement. His first Pedagogical Pattern was Fixer Upper, which can be found in the Pedagogical Patterns book. He works closely and productively with many of the founders and prolific authors in the project. Joe’s other major interests include Object Oriented Programming and how to teach it and also all things Agile. His only teaching, currently, is a course in Patterns, including pattern writing, at the doctoral level.

His non-academic pursuits include cooking, tai chi, and (occasionally) photography.

Prof. Dr. Christian Kohls, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany (organizer)
Christian is a professor for computer science and sociotechnical systems at the University of Applied Science Cologne. He has mined patterns in several fields, including interactive graphics, e-learning, online training, and creativity methods. His PhD theses covered psychological and epistemological views on pattern theory. As a pattern enthusiast he has published many papers on design patterns and organized international workshops and conferences on the topic. He is also vice president of the Hillside Europe pattern community.

Christian Köppe, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands (organizer)
Christian is a lecturer in computer science at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem/Netherlands. After studying computer science and working as software engineer, he decided to help improving the quality of software development by teaching students how to develop software in a professional and respectful way. His current research is in the field of Computer Science Education in general and focuses especially on the applicability and value of Educational Design Patterns. He has published several papers on this domain, is an active member of the pattern community and also board member of the Hillside Group.

Dr. Yishay Mor
Dr. Yishay Mor is a 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.

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 “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.


Michel Portier, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Michel studied Computer Science at Utrecht University with a focus on Software Technology and Architecture. After working several years in the financial IT industry he decided to focus more on knowledge transfer. Besides working as a contractor Michel has 7 years experience on computer science teaching at two different universities.
Michel has an interest in classroom testing of computer science subjects, whether it’s on theoretical subjects, programming assignments or group assessments. Key focus is on validity (do we test the right things) and efficiency (correction time vs accuracy).

Dr. Till Schümmer, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
Till is a researcher at the chair of cooperative systems at the FernUniversitaet in Hagen. After graduating in computer science, his main focus was on supporting distant collaboration and organizational learning in large distributed organizations. At the FernUniversität, Till was able to develop new forms of distance teaching and learning. In a dialogue with traditional Universities, he captured his teaching experience in several pattern collections focussing on university teaching in general and more specifically on the special context of remote students. He initiated numerous communities of practice, among others the geistreich community, which is the largest professional network in European protestant churches. His current research focuses on the support of participatory mobility planning. In addition to his work at the FernUniversitaet, Till co-founded the PATONGO UG (haftungsbeschränkt), which supports organizations with professional tools for good practice exchange.

Prof Steven Warburton, University of Surrey, UK
Steven is the Head of Department of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London International Programmes where he leads work within the research strategy group and chairs the annual Research and Innovation in Distance and Elearning Conference. He has worked on a range of national and European projects that have included: the development a methodology for abstracting design patterns through shared expert practice; explorations of teaching practice in virtual worlds; developing pattern languages in the domains of digital identity and social media tools. More recently he has been working on digital competences and digital fluency, mobile learning, digital publishing models, open
educational resources and educational analytics. In his current project he has been working with experts in the field of distance education exploring design patterns for Massive Open Online Courses.


The workshop is in collaboration with and sponsored by:

The Hillside Group (
Hillside Europe (
HAN University of Applied Sciences (
Cologne University of Applied Sciences (

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