Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

The ACAD framework: Core ideas and recent developments

Speaker: Lucila Carvalho

When: 21 October 2022 at 12:00 noon AEST

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The Activity-Centred Analysis and Design (ACAD) Framework is an analytical tool, created to help educators and researchers understand and improve the design of complex learning situations. ACAD highlights design structures at two distinct moments: (i) ‘design time’ – which accounts for the advanced planning that occurs as an educator selects tasks, tools, and complementary social arrangements to support specific learning scenarios; and (ii) ‘learning time’ or what happens as a learning activity unfolds. In this presentation, Lucila Carvalho will introduce key ideas connected to the ACAD Framework and discuss the application of these analytical ideas by educational researchers and designers across universities and school contexts.


Lucila Carvalho is an associate professor at the Institute of Education and co-director of the Equity Through Education Research Centre at Massey University, New Zealand. Lucila’s research interests are at the intersection of sociology, design, digital technologies and learning (in both formal and non-formal settings)—where she explores how knowledge and social structures shape the design and use of technology and how technology influences social and educational experiences. More about her research can be found at


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