DOT's research program is engaged in more deeply understanding the programs, practices, and contexts in which DOT works. 

The integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into economic, educational, or leadership programs is a complex undertaking. Research is one way to build and mobilize knowledge that can effectively inform the many decisions made by practitioners and policy makers.

Through our research program, DOT is engaged in more deeply understanding our impact, practices and the contexts in which we work. Such insights can then be shared and tested in a variety of global and local networks, fostering debate and thought leadership. Our research program creates opportunities to:

  • Ask different and more probing questions
  • Be part of the global dialogue that is critically examining the directions and implications of ICT for learning, working, and living
  • Collaborate with and broker partnerships and relationships between the scholarly community, policy makers, and practitioners. 


Web 2.0: Mapping Perceptions and Practices. Synthesis of Preliminary Research Report (2011)

This document is a synthesis of the full research report of preliminary findings of the DOT Web2.0 research project. This project enabled a deeper exploration of the assumptions often made about youth and technology. Specifically, this project provided a forum for young adults in the global south to articulate their experiences with, and perceptions of, their interactions with new web technologies.

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Web2.0: Mapping Perceptions and Practices. Survey Instrument (2011)

The survey instrument created for the Web2.0: Mapping Perceptions and Practices research project. We invite other researchers to use and adapt this survey.

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Digital inclusion in those "other" spaces: Mapping Web2.0 practices

Terrie Lynn Thompson, DOT's Researcher-in-Residence, presented this paper at the Open, Distance, and eLearning conference in Cambridge, UK. It reports on results from the 2010 DOT Web2.0 survey research project and more specifically, on three contradictions that emerged in the data related to digital inclusion and knowledge generation through work and workspaces globally.

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Innovating fluid learning spaces: Choices, designs, technology, and data (2011)

This paper was presented at the 2011 eLearning Africa conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It reports on selected results from the 2010 DOT Web2.0 survey research project and how this data is informing the redesign of DOT's learning curriculum, with a case study of the new Intern learning experience recently implemented in Rwanda. 

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Connecting the DOTs: Creating Alternative Learning Spaces (2010)

A DOT white paper on the importance of exploring new models of teacher professional development. It weaves together insights gained from on-the-ground experiences with the current research-informed debate on the integration of technology with teaching and learning practices. Case study information from DOT TeachUp! programs in the USA and China is presented. 

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Current research projects: 

Web 2.0: Mapping Practices and Perceptions

Re-Constructing Work and Learning Spaces 

Integrating Technology into Chinese Classrooms: A Case Study of One Model of Teacher Development

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