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Conjecture mapping to optimize the design-based research process ARTICLE

, Flinders University

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Volume 31, Number 5, ISSN 0814-673X Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


While educational design research promotes closer links between practice and theory, reporting its outcomes from iterations across multiple contexts is often constrained by the volumes of data generated and the context bound nature of the research outcomes. Reports tend to focus on a single iteration of implementation without further research to determine the generalisability of the outcomes to new contexts. This paper outlines an analytical approach used to capture the salient design features of an online orientation resource implemented at one university context as they were utilised and adapted for further development, design and implementation at a second contrasting university. The educational issue studied was how to support health science students to overcome barriers in transitioning to online, distance study. A conjecture mapping process aligned to the three phases of educational design research provided a framework to manage the research enabling the defining of the data sources during enactment of the design. This structure assisted the researcher to manage the analysis process and evaluate the extent of generalisability of the resource to new settings leading to the emergence of both practical and theoretical outcomes; namely refined design principles and a framework that illustrates the student transition process.


Wozniak, H. (2015). Conjecture mapping to optimize the design-based research process. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 31(5),. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.