Educational Technology Research and Development

, 52:53

A development research agenda for online collaborative learning


    • Instructional TechnologyThe University of Georgia
  • Jan Herrington
    • Education at the University of Wollongong
  • Ron Oliver
    • Edith Cowan University

DOI: 10.1007/BF02504718

Cite this article as:
Reeves, T.C., Herrington, J. & Oliver, R. ETR&D (2004) 52: 53. doi:10.1007/BF02504718


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.

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