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A Journey Through a Design-Based Research Project

, The University of Sydney, Australia ; , , The University of Wollongong, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper discusses how Design-Based Research was utilised to inform the methodological design of a completed project conducted at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. The project focused on the systematic development of an Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) to assist K-12 teachers as they incorporated learning objects into a pedagogically effective learning design – a WebQuest. The paper specifically details the background of the project, the history of Design-Based research, why a Design-Based Research approach was adopted and how the approach was implemented. The paper also includes a discussion about the practical problems, issues and advantages the researchers encountered as they worked through the Design-Based Research process. Finally the paper concludes with a comparison between Reeves’ 2000 Design-Based Research model and his more recent 2006 model.


Cotton, W., Lockyer, L. & Brickell, G. (2009). A Journey Through a Design-Based Research Project. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1364-1371). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 25, 2020 from .



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