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A Development Research Agenda for Online Collaborative Learning

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Educational Technology Research and Development Volume 52, Number 4, ISSN 1042-1629


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.


Reeves, T.C., Herrington, J. & Oliver, R. (2004). A Development Research Agenda for Online Collaborative Learning. Educational Technology Research and Development, 52(4), 53-66. Retrieved August 12, 2022 from .

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