Collaboration in educational design research: The experiences of two PhD students and one professor
Thomas C. Reeves is Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology at The University of Georgia. His expertise encompasses evaluation, socially responsible educational research, public health education, authentic e-learning, and educational technology in developing countries.
Collaboration with practitioners is a hallmark of educational design research. This case describes a unique collaboration wherein two PhD students completed their dissertation research with the goal of optimizing an online evaluation course and identifying reusable design principles related to online learning. Tom Reeves played three roles in this study, research supervisor, primary practitioner, and co-researcher. Eunjung Oh, now at Georgia College and State University, focused her research on enhancing group work in online learning. Ying Liu, now at the University of Wisconsin, focused her research on enhancing self-regulated learning online. Both students reported their dissertations using the research article format.