Design Research for Development of Online Professional Development
Abstract: This study explored the principles, practices, and procedures used during a design research project building online professional development modules focused on problem-based learning. The design team focused on four learning principles that frequently became problematic in implementation of problem-based learning: constructive, self-directed, collaborative, and contextual. The research resulted in a better understanding of how challenges and opportunities related to these four principles were present in the development of the modules and potential solutions. These four learning principles are especially difficult in an online environment. Design-based research was used to better understand how the challenges and opportunities these principles presented in development of an online professional development module focused on problem-based learning. Through the use of the design-based research model of design, implementation, evaluation, and improvement, results demonstrate the process by which the design team was able to support the four learning principles of problem-based learning through course structure, learning activities, and instructional strategies. The work provides a model for the development of effective problem-based learning materials for an online environment.
Presider: Rebecca Callaway, Arkansas Tech University