Working Examples

Call For Proposals and submission process

Description: Working Examples

What are Working Examples?
Working Examples are ideas or projects that you share in order to solve problems, reflect, iterate, and seek feedback – all in the name of creating more impactful, meaningful work. You start by proposing what you believe could be an important method, model, or tool. Then build on that idea, adding your process, evolving concepts, challenges, and lessons learned. “Examples” offer a way for you to communicate your work and invite a broader community to join conversations and collaborate.

The idea of Working Examples is adapted from science and mathematics, where “worked examples” are used to make thinking, practices, and values overt and public for newcomers. We find that “working examples” better reflects the ongoing evolution of any project.

Examples are different from traditional paper proposals and submissions in a number of ways. We encourage you to use different media to share your ideas (photos, videos, storyboards, concept drawings, etc.). We’re more interested in your process and challenges than the success of the end product. Rather than presenting a final closed argument or solved problem, an Example functions as an invitation into conversation with other scholars, educators, designers, policy makers, and funders. One can think of a Working Example as a tool for calibrating like minds. Examples are important so the community can learn from and contribute to what you’re creating, moving the field forward in innovative ways.

What kinds of Examples should be submitted?
We’re looking for Examples that illustrate how we make sense of and work through solutions to problems related to games and learning. Most importantly, we want Examples that spell out 1) what you’re creating, 2) why you’re creating it and what problem it solves, 3) how you’re getting the work done, 4) challenges and lessons learned, and 5) what feedback or support you need from the community. Share how your ideas are evolving and invite the community to join a conversation around your ideas.

All GLS Working Examples submissions need to be submitted through Keep reading to learn about the submission criteria and process.

What’s (WEx) is a vehicle for ideating and building radical innovations to change education. WEx is a community of researchers, designers and educators working at the intersection of education and technology. This growing community of practice is a movement that will elevate the field beyond an individual’s potential by changing how we do work and inviting experts from different perspectives into the process. WEx bolsters innovation and the potential impact of our work by:

  • Sharing our work – not just what we’re doing, but how and why
  • Contributing our individual expertise to each other’s work
  • Building a broader community and conversation in this field

Submission process

Here’s how to submit a Working Example to GLS 10:

  • Go to Log in or, if you’re a new user, create a user profile.
  • Create a new Example or update a current Example. (Please reference the Tutorials & FAQ section for tips on building an Example.)
  • Before submitting, make your Example “private” so we can make it a blind review.
  • When you’re ready to submit your Example: Message Jolene Zywica on and provide the URL to your Example. All messages must be must be received prior to the GLS 10 submission deadline on January 31 extended to February 7, 2014 . Jolene will reply to confirm that your Example was submitted for review.

Important: Once you’ve received confirmation you may continue to update your Example as your project progresses. However, only the version available at the time of submission will be reviewed for GLS.

Questions to answer in a Working Example

Examples use a series of questions broken out into three project phases to help you share and reflect on your work. For your reference, all of the available questions are listed below. You are required to complete at least 5 questions, two of which have been designated with asterisks. Beyond those, choose 3 or more questions that are appropriate for your work and where you’re at in your project (seed, sprout, or bloom).

SEED – Use Seed to share your project’s origins, its vision and audience.

  • Tell us about your idea or project. What’s your vision? *
  • What problem are you trying to solve and why does it matter? *
  • Is there any important history or context we should know about?
  • What are your goals and how will you know if you’ve achieved them?
  • Who is your audience and what do you know about them?
  • What challenges might pop up?
  • How does this work relate to what others are doing in the field?
  • How can our community support you? (expertise, resources, etc.)
  • Tell us about the team you have assembled or hope to assemble.

SPROUT – During the project, use Sprout to reflect on your process and how your project is evolving.

  • Tell us about your process and how your idea is evolving throughout the project.
  • What interesting patterns or insights have you discovered?
  • What are some of your initial concepts or designs? We’d love to see them.
  • Have your initial concepts/designs changed? Why have they changed? Show us how they’re being refined and iterated.
  • How will you make sure that this thing you’re creating will be adopted by your audience?
  • How might your project scale to provide greater impact?

BLOOM – If your work is finished, use Bloom to share results, reflect back and plan for the future.

  • You did it, your project has bloomed! How did it turn out? Tell us about your final product or result.
  • What conclusions can you make and why do they matter?
  • Tell us about some of your successes. What can the WEx community learn from them?
  • What were some of your big challenges and how did you handle them?
  • Reflecting back, what did you learn along the way? What would you do differently?
  • So what’s next? How are you making sure your work reaches people and is adopted?
  • Looking forward, what kind of impact do you think your work will have? How might it continue to evolve?

* required questions


The following criteria will be used for reviewing Example submissions.

  • Be self-reflective. Share the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of what you’re doing, what’s working and what isn’t, any lessons learned, and plans moving forward.
  • Don’t shy away from failures and missteps. No process is clean and shiny. Share your challenges and how you’ve addressed them.
  • Consider the larger context of your work. Highlight research and connections between your work and the outside world – trends, similar work, your audience, externalities, etc.
  • Use a variety of media. No one wants to read a lot of dense text!

Examples WILL NOT be reviewed based on:

  • An idea or project’s “completeness”. It’s okay if it’s not polished or completely filled out.
  • The phase that the project is in – just starting (Seed), in the middle of it all (Sprout) or nearing the end (Bloom)
  • Whether the project itself is/was successful. What’s important is that the Example tells a story and offers new perspectives, insights, or lessons learned.

If you have any questions about creating an Example for GLS 10,, or the submission process contact Jolene at