ISLS Rapid Community Report on Teacher Orchestration Load

ISLS Rapid Community Report on Teacher Orchestration Load



Rapid Community Report on Teacher Orchestration Load

Details and the findings of our ISLS/CSCL workshop titled "TEACHER ORCHESTRATION LOAD: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN WE LOWER THE BURDEN?" is now published as a Rapid Community Report (RCR) in the ISLS repository:

Amarasighe, I., van Leeuwen, A., Dimitriadis, Y., Martínez-Monés, A., Hernández-Leo, D., Ulrich Hoppe, H., Wiley, K., & Martinez-Maldonado, R. (2022). Teacher orchestration load: What is it and how can we lower the burden? Rapid Community Report Series. Digital Promise and the International  Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This report provides details of a workshop conducted as an online pre-conference event during the ISLS Annual Meeting 2021. The workshop consisted of two main adjoining parts focusing on its two themes: orchestration load and related teacher support tools. The main findings of the workshop showed that (1) a definition of orchestration load requires further elaboration, (2) there are limited ways to measure this notion, and (3) attention should be paid to sharing orchestration load among other actors, e.g., students, intelligent agents, that may facilitate the simplification of activity regulation. Balancing orchestration load among multiple actors may lower the load experienced by the teachers in real-time in authentic educational contexts.
The workshop was conducted as a pre-conference online event at the ISLS Annual Meeting 2021 and it brought together 18 attendees and the geographical distribution included Europe (Spain, Switzerland, Germany), the United States, and Israel.
The goal of this workshop was 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.
Organizing committee of the workshop:  
  • Anouschka van Leeuwen, Utrecht University 
  • Alejandra Martínez-Monés, Universidad de Valladolid 
  • Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 
  • H. Ulrich Hoppe, RIAS 
  • Ishari Amarasinghe, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 
  • Korah Wiley, Digital Promise Global
  • Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Monash University 
  • Yannis Dimitriadis, Universidad de Valladolid






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