Teacher Orchestration Load: What Is It and How Can We Lower The Burden?

ISLS Annual Meeting 2021 (Online Event)
Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future
Bochum, Germany, June 7-11

Workshop Details

Workshop TitleTeacher Orchestration Load: What Is It and How Can We Lower The Burden?
Workshop IDISLSWS_06
DateJune 2
Time2:00pm - 5:00pm (CEST)


Anouschka van Leeuwen, Utrecht University
Ishari Amarasinghe, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Yannis Dimitriadis, Universidad de Valladolid
Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
H. Ulrich Hoppe, RIAS
Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Monash University
Alejandra Martínez-Monés, Universidad de Valladolid
Korah Wiley, Digital Promise Global

Workshop Description

Teachers face a demanding practice. While managing active learning activities in real-time, teachers face the so- called “orchestration load”. The notion of orchestration load is described in the literature in several ways. It is considered as the “effort a teacher spends in coordinating multiple activities and learning processes” (Prieto et al., 2018) but also as the “the sum of two sources, workload and cognitive load” (Dillenbourg, 2015). This notion denotes the effort required from teachers in managing, assessing and adapting activities for student learning in their everyday practice (Dillenbourg, Jarvela & Fischer, 2009). Thus, the goal of this workshop is twofold: bringing together and comparing theoretical perspectives on the notion of orchestration load, and bringing together different approaches of teacher support tools that aim at lowering teachers’ orchestration load.

During and after the workshop, we will explore the possibility of publishing a reflection on the outcomes of the workshop in terms of an overview of perspectives on orchestration load, and a research agenda for follow up research concerning ways to lower orchestration load.

Expected Audience

The workshop is primarily oriented towards synthesizing existing research and formulating ways to move forward. The perspective of both researchers and practitioners is welcome. 

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