July 2, 2018



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All of the text, videoes and images have been moved. Now I will need to either retape or edit the videos to make the changes in the new site. THE TRANSITION SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY THE SUMMER OF 2018.



The WIKISPACE of The Center for Collaborative Action Research(CCAR)

This wikispace is a place for the action research community to share teaching strategies, questions, resources, or ideas around supporting or conducting action research. It is the interactive mirror site to the CCAR WebCenter, and invites you to develop tools, strategies, ideas, and dialogue around the practice of doing and supporting action research.This wikispace is for students, faculty and others in the action research community.

We have three sections:
  1. Teaching & Learning Support: An online tutorial with activities and templates to use as instructional or learning tools
  2. The Neighborhood of Ideas: Action researchers can gather here to share their ideas, ask questions or post resources.
  3. Sharing Outcomes: an invitation to those engaged in action research to share their outcomes, reflections and links to their work
We look forward to your continual participation. Please join the community and share your ideas!

1) An Open (Free) Online Course on Action Research

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Action research helps you to become a more powerful version of yourself, able to enage others in a process of continual learning and change. The course is made up of 12 Tutorials each with a short video to watch, a set of activities to complete (with linked writing templates for writing activities), and resources to support the completion of the activities.The goal of creating these materials is to "flip the classroom" so that learning about action research is done outside of the collaborative learning space so that valuable collaborative time can be used support the action research ideas of each person in the group or class. I have finished the first draft of this course, however I will be returning to revise the materials. Feel free to share links that might be useful in your work or your efforts to support other action researchers. In the second half of this website where there is space for more open sharing of strategies you have successful in teaching action research. Please share your ideas!

All the tutorials have been moved to ActionResearchTutorial.org Over the next few months I will continue editing the videos.

Tutorial Overview

TI: Overview of Action Research (Resources for this tutorial has a list of action research networks to join and resources to explore)

T2: Understanding Action Research (Links to some concise statements about action research and a chance to compare your own understandings with tens of thousands of others in a worldwide poll)

T3: Your Research Question (Use either a value search process or explore critical questions to help you focus on the area of your action research)

T4: The Context (Strategies for how to contextualize your research in your local situation and to explore your ideas in the research literature with a review of relevant literature)

T5: Plan For Action (Planning strategies include a force field analysis, development of logic model, and formation of your ethical plan)

T6: Cycle 1 in an Iterative Process (Ideas for framing the cycle research question which is a blueprint for taking action in what will be the first of many cycles of action research)

T7: Collecting Data (Learn how artifacts--photos, observations, drawings, student work -- and more can be data and how to design a data collection plan)

T8: Analyzing Data (Analysis does not have to be complicated, depending on your level of skill you can create simple or more complex analysis. Developing research skills takes time so start easy)
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T9: Reflecting on your Actions (Reflection is at the heart of action research and all of us can sharpen our reflective process-- it is one of the best ways to learn)
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T10: Cycles of Change (the iterative process of action research--how to think about cycles which are not always sequential)
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T11: Writing your Action Research Report (Sharing your work is important, written work extends your ideas without you needing to be present.
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T12: Your Identity as an Action Researcher (Doing action research is also becoming an action researcher and how you think about that will help you in your next project)
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2) An Action Research Neighborhood for Sharing Ideas about Teaching Action Research

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This is a space where YOU can share your Action Research Syllabus and ideas for teaching and supporting action Research. I am returning to this area and doing some editing to make it less redundant with the course. You are invited to add your ideas to these pages. The history button keeps track of page versions so we can restore pages if anything goes wrong (so don't worry). Over time, we hope that our collective minds will provide a supportive environment for those who are engaging in a formal process of action research as well as those who want to make action research a habit of mind. I am migrating the content to a new section and will indicated when I have finished. Here is a link to the new space I am developing for the neighborhood of ideas.

You can use the discussion tab to start a discussion about anything you read anywhere on the site. Also, you can have the site notify you (by email) when a specified page, or the whole site, is modified. These pages will be developed for use by those who are engaged in action research or supporting action researchers and are monitored by Margaret Riel (mriel@pepperdine.edu), Pepperdine University. Feel free to join and work out your ideas on the wiki pages or to start a discussion on any page.

As a member of the Action Research Network of the Americas, I have been working with a team of action research professors who are developing a new website.
The site is a Action Research Community (ARC) called Supporting the Teaching of Action Research or (STAR).

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3) Action Research Outcomes


In this part we ask for your observations, analysis, and reflection from doing action research. You can invite members from the community of people who were involved in your action research to add their reflections as well. If you are a professor and you have a site where your students post their work, feel free to add a link to that site. The more we know of these collections, the more we can help new students formulate plans for their action research.

Overview of Outcomes

For Researchers

For Communities


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Feb 2, 2018

I have been working with a team of action research professors to create a site that is a resource for teaching action research. The site is Supporting the Supporting the Teaching of Action Research (STAR) an Action Research Community (ARC) of the Action Research Network of the Americas. Feel free to visit the site. We are in phase one of development working as a learning circle to respond to the requests posted by our half dozen members. In July we will be making the site more open with opportunities to add to it. This has kept me from working on the neighborhood idea as it will become a place for sharing teaching strategies.
Feb 24, 2017

I am now working on the action research neighborhood for sharing ideas. I am thinking of making it a linked site to provide more space and easy navigation.
Feb 2, 2016

I have been working on the other two sections of the website. I hope to make it comfortable place for you to share your ideas.
Dec 1, 2015

Google Translater was added to the site so you can read the tutorials in a number of different languages.
Oct 15, 2015

There is a new short video that explains why I created this course. Now I want to return to these pages and find ways to encourage people to post their ideas for teaching action research
May 12, 2015

New things I have added to the FREE online Course:
TEMPLATES for all activities that involve writing are LINKED to the activities.
The set can be downloaded here
or the doc files can be accessed individually from google docs.

I have added a video stream of an action research conference presentation of action research by MA students at Pepperdine.
April 2, 2015

We are about to take off to the Action Research Network of the Americas Conference in Toronto. Consider joining us
Dec 2, 2014

I have just added the 10th tutorial on the iterative cyclic notion of action research. It is called cycles of change and will help you think through how to move
from one cycle to the next. I hope you find it helpful. I have only two more tutorials to complete the free online self-directed course in action research.
I might be able to get one done in Dec and the last one in Jan.
August 5, 2014

I have just completed tutorial 8- Analyzing Data. This was difficult as it is hard to provide enough information to get started with data analysis in 12 mins.
I hope you find it useful and would enjoy hearing if it helped you or if there things that I should have addressed. New ideas help me think about what is
the best support. One idea that Katherine Kote suggested was to have writing templates so I am going to do that. I hope it will be helpful.
July 1, 2014

The presentation at the iEARN conference went very well and we have added 6 new people who will be working with the tutorials and learning how to do action research
June 15 2014

Cathy Healy,Linda Giesen, Katherine Korte, Eliane Metri and Margaret Riel are preparing to present action research at the 21st Conference of the
International Education And Resource Network (iEARN). The tutorial were created to support teacher from iEARN with the hope of developing more
research knowledge about the process of doing international collaborative projects in the classroom.
April 23, 2014

The tutorials are developing. We are currently working on the 7th tutorial on data collection. If you want to be included, send a short video dealing with s
ome aspect of your data collection.
June 18-19, 2013

The Fifth Annual Action Research with Technology Conference:The Creativity to Design, The Courage to Change.
Pepperdine University, 6100 Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 92045, Room 203

1) WEBCASTING Link (http://bit.ly/2013ar)--best for audio/video of the session.
May 1, 2013

The first day of the Action Research Network of the Americas Conference took place today and was a great success. Everything work smoothly,
the keynote by Jean McNiff was excellent and all of the sessions generated a great deal of discussion and interest.
April, 2013

Cadre 15 will be presenting their action research on June 18 and 19th. It will be webcasted and information will be posted when it is available.
Also coming soon are links to student's work
January, 2013

New network has been formed... The Action Research Network of the Americas... please come and visit. We are holding the first conference
May 1&2 following the AERA conference in San Francisco.
June, 2012,

Cadre 14 at Pepperdine University shared their action research at the Action Research with Technology Conference on June 26-27
Follow the link for more information.
April, 2012

The 9th Annual Action Research Conference is taking place at University of San Diego- April 27-28, 2012
April, 2012,

We have just completed sessions at American Educational Research Association meetings in Vancouver and invite you to visit the website
to links to our papers and the papers for other researchers.
August, 2011

We announce the new addition to our resources... a video channel on action research created by a cadre 13 student design team.
They are also spearheading a discussion forum on EDMODO.
To join the Action Research Channel Edmodo Community. please visit:http://www.edmodo.com . Join as a teacher and then select
join a group and use this Group Code: zo06r4.

The Pepperdine University Conference of Action Research with Technology- Cadre 13-- was held on June 28-29, 2011--and was
recorded. We will be connecting the videos to the Conference Schedule.

The Pepperdine University Conference of Action Research 2010, cadre 12 - June 17-18, 2010. Conference Schedule.
The Pepperdine University Exhibitions of Action Research 2009, Cadre 11 June 18-19, 2009. Schedule & links to videos


INTERACT is a part of the Center for Collaborative Action Research WebCenter,

a peer-reviewed site featuring the best examples of action research projects by students in the Master in Arts, Education
Technology and Leadership program at Pepperdine over the past 9 years. We are publishing new action research projects on a
regular basis. The WebCenter features more resources on action research and links to other action research sites. You can
EDIT all pages except this opening page. We hope you will both join CCAR INTERACT (see option in the menu at the left) and add your ideas to the pages.