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 WorkingExamples.org. Keep reading to learn about the submission criteria and process.
WorkingExamples.org (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:
Here’s how to submit a Working Example to GLS 10:
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.
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.
SPROUT – During the project, use Sprout to reflect on your process and how your project is evolving.
BLOOM – If your work is finished, use Bloom to share results, reflect back and plan for the future.
* required questions
The following criteria will be used for reviewing Example submissions.
Examples WILL NOT be reviewed based on:
If you have any questions about creating an Example for GLS 10, WorkingExamples.org, or the submission process contact Jolene at firstname.lastname@example.org