CIDER coordinates and promotes the distance education research of the 80 faculty members at Athabasca University and especially the eight full time faculty members in the Centre for Distance Education. In this section, you will find:
- Current Research Projects - A list of current CIDER research projects
- Publishing and Dissemination of Distance Education Research - Resources on how to get published
- Distance Education Publication Outlets - Links to journals publishing DE research
- Research Tools and Resources - Links to research tools and resources
Open Discussion Forum - Requests
for research advice and help
CIDER's Research Agenda:
CIDER's research is based upon identifiable needs, emerging from the community of distance educators, that create an opportunity to utilize, assess, and develop knowledge and theory in practice.
CIDER was founded due to concerns that distance education research has not been influential, useful, or well-funded. Most solutions to these problems focus on eliminating the dichotomy between research and practice. This solution is an approach to educational inquiry referred to as design based research .
Design based researchers — collaborative groups that typically include teachers, researchers, policy-makers, and others — design and test interventions or solutions to problems in everyday practice. We think that a design-based research program could provide a solution to the set of problems listed earlier: When the impetus for research is practical problems, and when practitioners and researchers collaborate on solutions, the outcomes are useful and influential. In turn, policy makers will be willing to fund research that is clearly useful and influential. We argue, moreover, that this approach to inquiry, which encourages multiple and varied methodologies and that can be applied to any educational intervention, provides a focus that guides and integrates the distance education research community.
CIDER staff and Fellows use a variety of tools, methodological approaches, and cultures to study what is a very encultured domain - that of mediated learning that takes place at a distance. Some new tools and resources have been reviewed here .
CIDER Fellows seek to understand and improve Distance education systems. The agenda broadly focuses on investigations of interrelationships among component parts of distance education systems. This agenda includes the direct study of teaching and learning at a distance as well as the effect of related components such as administrative, technical, learner and teacher support systems that define modern distance education. CIDER Fellows and staff conduct original research, undertake evaluation and training consultancies, publish reviews and summaries, and undertake professional development activities for researchers, educators, trainers and administrators.
Learn more about current research projects in which CIDER Fellows are engaged.
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