Design-based research (DBR) is a promising approach to finding solutions to significant educational problems that we, as teachers, experience in the classroom. This presentation describes the background to the approach and explores the conduct of design-based research in educational settings. It discusses how DBR can be used by educators in their own educational contexts - including examples from two higher degree students, Jenni Parker and Stuart Duvall - and highlights the importance of sharing our findings through design principles so that other teachers can learn from and apply our results.
Jan Herrington is a teacher and researcher at Murdoch University. She teaches in the educational technology area in the School of Education, including a compulsory first year unit in the Bachelor of Education called, Living and Learning with Technology. In addition to using design-based research, her main area of research is in authentic learning, and her recently published book, A guide to authentic e-learning (with Thomas C Reeves and Ron Oliver) was winner of the AECT Outstanding Book of the Year Award in 2010. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2002 at the University of Georgia, USA. She is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology.