Course transformation is a key outcome of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and Course Design Standards initiatives. With this in mind, we invite you to attend a presentation and workshop with Laura Turchi, a visiting academic from the University of Houston, who will provide insights into a Design-Based Research approach to collaborative course design.


Supporting Collaborative Efforts to Rejuvenate Higher Education Courses: Design-Based Research as a Process for Thoughtful Transformation

This presentation describes a team of faculty, instructors, tech designers, and graduate students at the University of Houston (Texas, USA) who agreed to adopt a process of Design-Based Research. Their goal was to improve undergraduate success in their cooperatively taught introductory-level classes. They hoped design-based research processes would support each of them in their various roles designing and delivering the instruction.

The team’s data-gathering and reflection revealed sometimes complementary, sometimes competing, ideas about best practice and needed changes. The iterative stages of improvement-focused research gave the team new insights – some more actionable than others – into their students, their methods, and their results.

Gold Coast campus

Wednesday 6 February
11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Griffith Business School (G42) 3.06

Nathan campus

Wednesday 6 February
11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Environment 1 (N55) 0.19


How to register for the presentation:


Design-Based Research as a Potential Tool for Your Own Course Transformations

Individuals and teams interested in discussion of Design-Based Research as a potential tool for their own course transformations are invited to participate in a workshop focused on adapting iterative data-gathering and improvement strategies to their contexts. We will work to identify existing data sources, strategies for data capture, and opportunities to build collaborative teams around key questions of student benefit and success.

This workshop will be held at Nathan campus only.

Nathan campus

Wednesday 6 February
1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Sir Samuel Griffith Centre (N78) 1.19


How to register for the workshop:


About the presenter

Dr Laura Turchi

Laura Turchi is Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston Main Campus. Read more about her research interests and recent publications on the University of Houston’s College of Education website.