2020 JDFL Writers Workshop

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2nd Annual JDFL Journal Writers’ Workshop/Symposium – Virtual Session

Springer, AECT and JDFL are pleased to announce its second annual Writers’ Workshop/Symposium (a paid workshop) that will take place virtually just prior to the 2020 AECT Annual Convention.

Below are the details of the event, including formats as well as a link to the submission uploader.

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Workshop Details
Announcing the Second Annual JDFL Writers' Workshop

Pre-Convention Writers’ Workshop on Information Exasperation & Gridlock

​To Be held just prior to the Virtual 2020 Annual AECT Convention

Held in conjunction with the Annual International Convention of the  Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), November, 2020, to be held virtually

Sponsored by:

  • the Journal of Formative Design in Learning (JDFL),
  • the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University,
  • the College of Community Innovations and Education at University of Central Florida,

The theme for this year is based on the idea that we are living in the era of Information Exasperation. First referred to by John Willinsky, in his book: Technologies of Knowing (Beacon, 1999), the term infers that, rather than liberating humanity, the information explosion has “made our ability to reach conclusions around us more difficult” in reference to our being gridlocked and a situation in which we may be reaching a point of diminishing returns as it relates to scientific research.

While his book was published over twenty years ago, current events point to its continued relevance and timeliness. The information explosion has reached ‘pandemic’ proportions in which science becomes ‘art’ as it leaves the lab and is infused into the real world. Following what “science is telling us” is now founded on imperfect models, and causing our leaders to make imperfect decisions.

Specifically, the workshop/symposium will seek to accomplish the following:

  • discuss and share a dialog about the current state of formative design and design thinking about the main topic.
  • provide an opportunity for potential authors who submit a plan of work of a draft of a potential journal submission and presented in a small group setting, in order to receive valuable feedback for crafting their forthcoming work.
  • participate in World Café-style Roundtables to review full drafts from authors of planned submissions to the journal.

Note:All submissions to the workshop will be considered for expedited review by JFDL once submissions are finalized and returned through normal submission channels.


  • August 31, 2020:
    Authors of papers accepted for discussion notified within 48 hrs of submission.
  • September 2, 2020:
    All papers available for attendee review.
    It is expected that all attendees will review all submitted papers in order to actively participate in the discussions and roundtable reviews.
  • First half Day – Pre – Convention
    Discussions on formative design and design thinking as well as review and discussions of abstracts, white papers, or work-products of those who have submitted these written artifacts prior to the symposium.
  • Second Full Day – Pre – Convention
    Participants who submit their drafts prior to the workshop/symposium will have their works reviewed in roundtable format by others who have also submitted as well as other who agree to participate in the sessions.
  • Specifics about submission requirements and more details about how to submit your abstract for the symposium can be found on the following page: https://formativedesign.org/submission-formats.

Symposium fee:  $35

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Robert Kenny, Editor-in-Chief, JFDL – e-mail:  rkenny@fgcu.edu
Dr. Glenda Gunter, Associate Editor: glenda.gunter@ucf.edu

More about the journal:

Journal of Formative Design in Learning

More about the participating university programs:

*Of course, the journal welcomes manuscript submissions on an on-going basis. Visit the journal homepage


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