Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning: An Example of Participatory Action Research

Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning: An Example of Participatory Action Research

George H. Buck (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-732-4.ch011
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Abstract

This chapter describes how action research was used to develop and facilitate a new collaborative distance learning initiative using the Supernet (CA*Net) in Canada. While many high technology-based projects are devised by a few individuals, often implementation of such initiatives is hampered either by a top-down implementation strategy, or because individuals do not appreciate the potential of the initiative. To avoid these obstacles, the Advanced Broadbased Enabled Learning (ABEL) project employed the principles of participatory action research to the design, decisions andimplementation. Starting with a few people, and ending up with many collaborators, ABEL typifies the successful application of action research to develop a viable and sustainable project. Development of ABEL, its relationship to action research, as well as problems and limitations are described. The success of ABEL experience may serve as a model for other initiatives integrating high technology with education.

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