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Archive for the 'Design Based Research' Category

Why you should do design based research (DBR)

• January 20, 2015

In this post I’ll review and respond to two useful posts by Rebecca Hogue – Why you shouldn’t do Educational Design Research Part 1  and Part 2. First of all I think the title is quite misleading, in that my reading of it provides amble reasons for doing DBR, in line with the literature. Perhaps I […]


African Council for Distance Education 2014

• June 8, 2014

I was honoured to be invited to do a keynote talk at the 4th conference of ACDE in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. After sitting up for 2 nights on a plane (42 hour journey) I was very glad to reach the Elephant Hills hotel and a soft bed. The hotel overlooks the Zambezi River and […]


• February 3, 2012

A problem with educational research publishing is that most of the most highly rated peer-reviewed journals are closed access, and though most are accessible to me through our library, I try as much as possible not to contribute to journals that are not available as open access. Especially in education, there are too many potential […]


AuPress to expand open access online learning publications

• December 1, 2010

I am a big supporter of Open Access presses – largely because they serve potential readers without means or capacity to purchase books and as importantly, because they increase the readership and dissemination of ideas. Athabasca University Press (AUPress) was Canada’s first open access, scholarly press, and provides all of its books for free download in PDF format […]


Article on Social Networking in Self-Paced Instruction Published

• September 16, 2010

I’m wallowing this morning in the short lived glory of an article published yesterday in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. My colleagues, Bruno Poellhuber (Univ of Montreal), Ross McKerlich and myself did a survey of students who enrolled in Athabasca in our self paced undergrad program in August 2009. We sent over  3,000 emial invitations and got […]


Next Phase for Tom Reeves

• March 31, 2010

It was a very pleasant honor to be able to attend the retirement celebration and Design Based Research conference Georgia that honoured the  noted ed tech researcher, philosopher and activist – Tom Reeves. The event was a very palatable love in for one of the most respect and loved academics in America. Tom has for […]