Using a design-based research approach to develop and study a web-based tool to support collaborative learning

Kayley M. Lyons, Nikki G. Lobczowski, Jeffrey A. Greene, Jason Whitley, Jacqueline E. McLaughlin

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We report on a design-based research study that was conducted over two years. We developed, tested, and implemented Collabucate, a web-based tool for fostering social regulation of learning in collaborative learning. In this paper, we describe two cycles of a design-based research study in which Collabucate was implemented with Doctor of Pharmacy students. Collabucate was created according to Järvelä and colleagues' (2015) design principles for supporting socially shared regulation of learning and our design proposition to provide direct instruction of social regulation strategies. During two implementations, we collected and analyzed log data, student ratings, and focus groups. We improved design elements between the two design-based research cycles. Study results supported Järvelä and colleagues’ (2015) design principles and our design proposition. However, further work is required to improve how design elements are embodied in web-based tools. Based on our experience, we outline achievements, challenges, and future considerations for related tools and research. The study contributes to a growing number of tools created to foster awareness and effective regulation in collaborative learning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104064
Number of pages18
JournalComputers and Education
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Architectures for educational technology system
  • Cooperative/collaborative learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Post-secondary education
  • Teaching/learning strategies

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