International Journal of Designs for Learning made a call for papers. The submission deadline is June 1st, 2013.

The International Journal of Designs for Learning is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal is dedicated to publishing descriptions of artifacts, environments and experiences created to promote and support learning in all contexts by designers in any field. The IJDL Library of Congress ISSN is 2159-449X.

The journal provides a venue for designers to share their knowledge-in-practice through rich representations of their designs and detailed discussion of decision-making. The aim of the journal is to support the production of high-quality precedent materials and to promote and demonstrate the value of doing so. Audiences for the journal include designers, teachers and students of design and scholars studying the practice of design. This journal is a publication of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Articles will be written as ‘design cases’. A design case is somewhat similar to a trade journal case study, but is more in-depth, more focused on an issue of interest, and written from the narrative perspective of someone who knows the project first-hand as a design participant or close, ongoing observer.

What is a design case?
Is a description of a real artifact or experience that has been intentionally designed. It describes a precedent element or situation that have the potential to offer teaching and learning opportunities.
Offers in-depth explanations of design rationales and actions taken within the parameters of the 5000 word limit of the text. Transparency of the design process through detailed description is important such that the reader can deeply understand and potentially empathize with the situation, realizing relationships to their own understanding. Detailed description asks and responds to questions which might include:

  • What key decisions were made?
  • At what points in the design process did these decisions arise?
  • Who was involved in the making of these decisions?
  • What was the rationale or reasoning behind these decisions?
  • How were key design decisions judged to be useful or not?
  • What key changes were made during the design process?
  • Why was the proposed design solution believed to be the best?

Additional information you can find on the journal’s page.