In the fall of 2005, Alberta Education put out a call for proposals for an extension to the second phase videoconferencing initiative. Five Alberta school jurisdictions were awarded funding to explore one of three themes: exploring blended learning environments, supporting professional learning communities (PLC’s), or connecting classrooms for enhanced learning. School jurisdiction’s proposals were developed along one of three themes: exploring blended learning environments, supporting professional learning communities (PLCs) and connecting classrooms for enhanced learning.
The purpose of this research was (1) to investigate five pilot videoconferencing initiatives in various school jurisdictions in Alberta; (2) to provide guidance to the project stakeholders; and (3) report the findings to Alberta Education.
The researchers chose design-based research to accomplish these goals. “Design-based research can help create and extend knowledge about developing, enacting, and sustaining innovative learning environments” (The Design-Based Research Collective, 2003, p.5).
Research was conducted by Dr. Sharon Friesen of the Galileo Educational Network, University of Calgary and Dr. Jennifer Lock, University of Calgary.