International Society for Design and Development in Education

Around the world, there are accomplished people dedicated to raising the quality of design of educational processes and materials.

ISSDE was formed to help this group work effectively as a coherent professional design and development community.

The goals of the Society are:

  • improving the design and development process
  • building a design community
  • increasing our impact on educational practice

The Fellows are designers and project leaders with outstanding records, together with some representatives from government agencies and foundations that fund such work.

Recent news:

ISDDE Conference 2017

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6th-9th November 2017 - Berkeley, California

The 13th annual conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, hosted by The Lawrence Hall of Science, will be held November 6-9, 2017, at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. The conference theme, Broader Participation in Design, highlights the twin goals of creating educational designs that allow for broad participation, and also broadening participation within the community of educational designers. The conference will take place on the beautiful University of California, Berkeley campus, at both the Faculty Club and The Lawrence Hall of Science.

Visit the conference website for full details.

Register at

Contact Suzanna Loper or Mac Cannady with questions.

If you are logged into a Google account with an institution that uses Google Apps for Education and does not have Google sites enabled you may have some trouble accessing the conference website. If you encounter such a problem: a) please email Suzy Loper, to let her know, and b) try logging out of your Google account or opening the site in a different browser. Sorry for the inconvenience!

ISDDE Prize 2017 - Call for Nominations

Deadline: July 31st 2017

The ISDDE 2017 Prize of $5,000 is offered for a substantial body of work, by an individual or a team, over a period of years that shows excellence in design for education in science or mathematics. Nominations are solicited from Fellows, Members, and friends of ISDDE. Initial nominations (2 pages maximum) must be received by July 31st.

Full guidance and contact information here…

2016 ISDDE Prize - Uri Wilensky


At the 2016 ISDDE Conference in Utrecht, the 2016 ISDDE Prize for “excellence in design for education in science or mathematics” was awarded to Uri Wilensky of Northwestern University for his work on NetLogo – a computer-based modeling environment that enables learners to both explore and build computer models of natural and social phenomena.

“Through a sustained and deliberate design process, Uri Wilensky has created a substantial product that is used by others to develop and share innovative prototypes – this recognition and impacts is the overarching criterion for the ISDDE Award,” said Professor Susan McKenney, Chair of ISDDE.

Professor Wilensky will deliver a keynote address on his work at the 2017 ISDDE Conference where he will formally receive the award.

Read the full prize citation…

Lynne McClure becomes ISDDE Chair

As of 1st January 2017, Lynne McClure, of Cambridge Maths, takes over from Susan McKenney as Chair of ISDDE. Lynne has been involved with ISDDE for some time now, including chairing the 2014 conference, so she is no stranger.

Welcome to Lynne, and many thanks to Susan for her years of chairing.

Educational Designer Issue 9

ISDDE Newsletter

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The ISDDE Newsletter allows you to keep in touch with the international education design community and their work. The newsletter is distributed by email three or four times per year. Anybody is welcome to subscribe - click here to sign up.

2015 ISDDE Prize - Sol Garfunkel of COMAP

Lifetime Achievement in Educational Design

The International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE) has awarded the prestigious 2015 ISDDE Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Educational Design worth $10,000 to Solomon Garfunkel, Director of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) in Bedford, Massachusetts.

The unifying theme in Garfunkel’s work has been the teaching of mathematics through mathematical modeling of real world situations – the message has always been that math is important, useful and interesting and the COMAP designed resources reflect that philosophy.

Read the full prize citation…

Applying for Membership and Fellowship

We have clarified the criteria and procedures for becoming a Member or Fellow, and updated the constitution accordingly.

Becoming an ISDDE Fellow or Member…

For further information:

Contact the Secretary: for details.

Updated 09 May 2017