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Describing a design pattern: Why is it not enough to identify patterns in educational design?

Christian Voigt, Paula M.C. Swatman
School of Computer and Information Science
University of South Australia

In this paper we analyse the use of patterns across a number of fields including architecture, software development and educational technology design. Focusing on the reusability of a pattern outside its area of development, we have identified several issues related to the context and the value system of a pattern. The paper draws together lessons learned from different fields where patterns are already used and described. We conclude with a recommendation of pattern descriptors and guidelines which improve their applicability in varying value systems.

Keywords: design patterns, pattern format, design complexity, research and design values