Collaborative Design Reasoning in a Large Interdisciplinary Learning Tool Design Project

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Feiya Luo
Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko
Natercia Valle
Emily Sessa
Gordon Burleigh
Lorena Endara
Stuart McDaniel
Sarah Carey
E. Christine Davis

Abstract

This design case discusses the complex collaborative design reasoning processes involved in developing an online interactive learning tool for learners of all ages to explore and understand the role of flagellate plants in our society. The learning tool consists of a main website (the Voyager) and an interactive, dynamic map of the evolutionary relationships between thousands of flagellate plant species (the customized OneZoom web application). The design and development of this innovative learning tool required expertise in collaborative design, design reasoning, project management, theories of learning and instructional strategies, software development, and web usability. Collaboration platforms used by the project team involved GitHub and Slack. Domain knowledge needed to complete the project included botany (flagellate plants), web programming (Python and JavaScript), and database management (MySQL). The project included a team of international experts who negotiated design strategies and solutions over the course of a year and produced and improved prototypes until converging on the final product. This article explains the challenges faced during these processes and presents solutions and lessons learned from this experience.

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Luo, F., Antonenko, P. “Pasha”, Valle, N., Sessa, E., Burleigh, G., Endara, L., McDaniel, S., Carey, S., & Davis, E. (2020). Collaborative Design Reasoning in a Large Interdisciplinary Learning Tool Design Project. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 11(1), 85-97. https://doi.org/10.14434/ijdl.v11i1.25633
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Feiya Luo, University of Florida

Feiya Luo is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Technology at the University of Florida. Her research interests include using innovative technologies in integrated STEM.

Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, University of Florida

Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko is an Associate Professor in Educational Technology at the University of Florida.

Natercia Valle

Natercia Valle is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Technology at the University of Florida.

Emily Sessa

Emily Sessa is an Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Florida. 

Gordon Burleigh, University of Florida

Gordon Burleigh is an Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Florida.

Lorena Endara, University of Florida

Lorena Endara is a Post-Doctoral researcher in Biology at the University of Florida. 

Stuart McDaniel, University of Florida

Stuart McDaniel is an Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Florida.

Sarah Carey, University of Florida

Sarah Carey is a Ph.D. candidate in Biology at the University of Florida.

E. Christine Davis, University of Florida

E. Christine Davis is a Senior Lecturer in Biology at the University of Florida.