How It Works

Course outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will:

1. Be able to describe the unique features of action research and how it differs from other forms of research.

2. Understand the potential of action research to address a curiosity or solve a problem in your specific professional context.


3. Know how to identify a specific curiosity or problem in your professional setting that would benefit from application of action research concepts.

4. Be able to identify other interested parties (‘key stakeholders’) in the above-identified curiosity or problem.

5. Have the knowledge to develop an action research plan to partner with these key stakeholders to collect data, analyze data, and determine findings to address this curiosity or solve this problem.


Course objectives

1. To explore the nature of action research, including its guiding principles and an understanding of who conducts action research.

2. To explain the benefits of action research as compared to other design methodologies.

3. To show how to plan an action research project, including searching the literature for contextual information pertinent to your proposed study.

4. To explain how to implement an action research plan (data collection procedures); and

Illustrate how to interpret the results, including assessing their validity.

5. To prepare students on how to prepare a final action research report containing the results of your study.

About Online Learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It's easy. It's fun.
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How the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access. Once inside the online classroom, here's what you can expect.

What You Will Do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self-quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

Participate When You Want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.

For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

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Next start date

Aug 5 – 30