Designs for Experimentation and Inquiry examines how digital media is reconfiguring the established worlds of research, education and professional practice. It reflects on the theoretical, methodological and ethical issues shaping contemporary engagements with digital learning and offers insights for both analysing and intervening in digital learning practices.

This insightful volume fills a gap in the current literature by bringing together experiences from Sociocultural Studies of Learning, Science and Technology Studies, and Design Studies. Each chapter is an innovative case study, examining a different aspect of digital media’s role in research, education and professional practice by exploring topics such as:

  • Learning practices and digitalized dialogue
  • Digital design experiments
  • Digitally mediated collaborations
  • Ethical digital inquiry and design

Expertly researched and written, this book is a unique resource for scholars, researchers and professionals working in the fields of digital design, applied technology and the learning sciences.

chapter |10 pages


Edited ByÅsa Mäkitalo, Todd E. Nicewonger, Mark Elam

part I|2 pages

Digital technologies, learning and forms of agency

chapter 1|18 pages

Concepts, materiality and emerging cognitive habits

13The case of calculating carbon footprints for understanding environmental impact
ByAnnika Lantz-Andersson, Géraldine Fauville, Emma Edstrand, Roger Säljö

chapter 2|18 pages

Learning as gap-closing

Investigating digitalized dialogues
BySten Ludvigsen, Paul Warwick, Ingvill Rasmussen, Kari Anne Rødnes, Ole Smørdal, Louis Major

chapter 3|20 pages

Digital inquiry into emerging issues of public concern

Controversy mapping in a Swedish school context
ByÅsa Mäkitalo, Mark Elam, Anne Solli, Sandra Ferraz Freire

part II|2 pages

Digital design experiments and learning

chapter 4|16 pages

Prototype driven learning and inquiry

71A case study of architectural design and conceptualization
ByJonas Ivarsson, Todd E. Nicewonger

chapter 5|23 pages

Imagining, designing and exhibiting architecture in the digital landscape

ByPalmyre Pierroux, Rolf Steier, Birgitte Sauge

chapter 6|19 pages

Thinking through the databody

Sprints as experimental situations
ByAnders Kristian Munk, Anders Koed Madsen, Mathieu Jacomy

part III|2 pages

Investigating digitally mediated collaborations

chapter 7|11 pages

Transdisciplinary potentials

Arts-based methods, social science and digital bodies
ByCarey Jewitt

chapter 8|16 pages

Culture and collaboration in digitally mediated settings

ByElizabeth Keating

chapter 9|19 pages

The epistemology of mobilising citizens in the sciences

Tensions in epistemic cultures of contribution and ideals of science
ByDick Kasperowski, Christopher Kullenberg, Frauke Rohden

part IV|2 pages

Ethical digital inquiry and design

chapter 10|18 pages

Everything old is new again

178The ethics of digital inquiry and its design
ByCharles Melvin Ess, Ylva Hård af Segerstad

chapter 11|17 pages

A “situated ethics” for researching teacher professionals’ emerging Facebook group discussions

ByAnnika Bergviken Rensfeldt, Thomas Hillman, Annika Lantz-Andersson, Mona Lundin, Louise Peterson