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Planning For Action Research: Logic Models and Voice Thread

Intro: I am Dr. Margaret Riel and currently the chair of the action research SIG at AERA.  I also chair the Masters of Arts in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University, a blended program where students create action research projects with technology.

Hot Tip: I have my students planning their action research at the moment. Since I teach online, the students need ways to discuss their plans with each other. They are using logic modes and then sharing them by creating a “gallery walk” though the logic models by using voice threads.

Cool Tools: You can find links to great tutorials and templates for using logic models collected at as action research planning strategies (about halfway down the page of planning ideas). Collecting teaching and learning strategies is the INTERACT part of the Center for Collaborative Action Research.

Cool Tools: For the gallery walk, I placed the logic models in the middle of a voice thread and then asked students to narrate their action mode. This way faculty and students can add verbal and or written comments. I will export and attach the example to the Center for Collaborative Action Research wiki-website as soon as all of the students in one of the learning circles have given their permission.


October 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

University of San Diego Action Research

Intro: I am Lonnie Rowell, an Associate Professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego. I direct the the Center for Student Support Systems (CS3) and the Counseling Program at USD. My work in action research began with a focus on the development of a model for collaborative action research in school counseling. Since 2005, however, my focus has expanded to include the use of action research in educational and community settings in general and the development of networks among action research practitioners and university researchers interested in action research.

In-Site: A team of faculty and students at School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) has begun redesigning our action research website. We invite you to visit the site and provide feedback to us.

Coming Conference: Planning for the 8th Annual Action Research Conference at the University of San Diego in May 2011 has begun. If interested in providing input on the conference theme for 2011, please contact Lonnie Rowell at

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Coming Conferences, In-sites | , , | 1 Comment

Welcome to Ar 1 world

Welcome to AR-1-World

This is the blog for the AERA AR SIG.  I hope you will find it useful and want to contribute. Our website is here…

Margaret Riel



April 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Action Research Link

Intro: I am Jack Whitehead, a visiting fellow at the University of Bath and a Professor at Liverpool Hope University in the UK. I currently chair the Education and Learning Virtual Learning Stream for the 8th World Congress of the Action Learning Action Research Association.  My action research has focused on bringing the embodied knowledge of professionals into the Academy for legitimation as contributions to knowledge. An original idea from my 36 year research programme at the University of Bath is that each individual can create their own living educational theory as an explanation for their educational influence in their own learning, the learning of others and the learning of the social formations in which we live and work.

In-sites: You can access my web-site on action research at . On this site you will find living theory doctorates, masters dissertations and master’s unit writings. You can also access and join the on-going practitioner-researcher e-seminar which I am hoping to maintain for at least the next 20 years.

Remarkable Resources: I’ve accepted an invitation to Chair the Education and Learning Virtual Networking Stream of the 8th World Congress of the Action Learning Action Research Association and you can join this forum, post details of your action research and respond to other postings from the What’s New Section.

Coming Conferences: The 7th Action Research Conference at the University of San Diego on the 14th and 15th May and it may be that you could come to this.

A workshop organised by the Action Research Unit of Nelson Mandela University it taking place  in South Africa on the 19/20 August 2010.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Coming Conferences, In-sites, Remarkable Resources | 3 Comments

Action Research Wiki

Intro: I am Margaret Riel and currently the chair of the action research SIG at AERA.  I also teach at Pepperdine University and work on projects at SRI-International from time to time.  I am starting this blog as way to help build the action research community.

In-Sites: I want to invite all of you to the Center for Collaborative Action Research wiki to share your syllabi for teaching action research.  I know that your immediate reaction might be one of concern for intellectual property.  But if Harvard and MIT both put all of their courses online, perhaps there is a greater good that comes from sharing these ideas.  Please consider it as I think that both faculty and students could learn from sharing ideas.  The better courses in action research are constructed, the stronger and more rapid the development of the community which is, I hope, our shared goal.

Cool Tools: My favorite teaching tool is is a collaborative writing pad called an etherpad.  There is no need for anyone to join anything or download anything.   You open a pad, share the name of the pad with friends, they open it and a group of people can begin to take notes together. It can be  used to take notes while a group is working at a distance or in the same room.  When used for groups of 8 or less people each person gets a unique color but can be used for groups as large as 18 (two people share a color).   Etherpad has become open source  and is openly available on the web.  One site that features etherpads is, another is   To open a pad, just add a name for a pad after the address– for example–

If you follow this link, you will see a pad with the name mriel.  You are welcome to play around.  But the real fun starts when you invite a group of people to visit an etherpad with you at the same time.   I work with my action researcher students on a phone conference and we use the etherpad to keep track of what is being said and to add to the verbal channel as we discuss action research.  Anyone who is not talking can be typing.  We have gotten pretty skilled at talking and writing at the same time. But it can also be used in face to face  meeting with people taking notes that everyone can see.  With many people taking notes, there is not only a great record of any verbal discussion (some people can format while others are capturing the content) but there can also be extensions, suggestions, and connections without interrupting the speaker.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Action Research Syllabi, CCAR, Cool tools, Etherpad, In-sites | Leave a comment