A development research agenda for online collaborative learning
Reeves, T.C., Herrington, J. and Oliver, R. (2004) A development research agenda for online collaborative learning. Educational Technology Research and Development, 52 (4). pp. 53-65.
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Although important, traditional basic-to-applied research methods have provided an insufficient basis for advancing the design and implementation of innovative collaborative learning environments. It is proposed that more progress may be accomplished through development research or design research. Development research protocols require intensive and long-term collaboration among researchers and practitioners. In this article, we propose guidelines for implementing development research models more widely, and conclude with a prescription for an online collaborative learning research agenda for the next five to ten years.
Our research collaboration has been partially funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, and our respective universities. The authors want to thank the reviewers of this paper, known and unknown, especially Jan Elen and Brent Wilson, as well as the overall initiator of this special issue, Paul Kirschner.
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