Appreciative Inquiry

We are using an Appreciative Inquiry process to explore what is, what might be, what should be and what will be. Appreciative Inquiry focuses on the positives by "asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential" (A Positive Revolution in Change: Appreciative Inquiry by David L. Cooperrider and Diana Whitney).

When you visit the areas where we are seeking contributions from you, you will notice that our questions are focusing on the positives rather than asking questions relating to problems. We want to place this research within a 'strength-based' model so that we understand the environment and the contexts where Web 2 technologies can be successfully used for both teaching and learning in VTE and capability development/knowledge sharing for VTE practitioners.

Web 2.0 Tools

We consider that organisations, groups and individuals who are already using Web 2 software will actively engage in research conducted using Web 2 tools and there is greater potential to capture the international success stories. Thus we will be using this wiki and a blog to engage in conversations, share knowledge, gain insights, gather the stories and collaboratively build a framework for the successful use of online social software in teaching and learning and capability development. We will also use virtual conferencing for the proposed focus groups.

Focus Group

The research team plans to conduct two online focus groups using virtual conferencing software, eg Elluminate. As yet we haven't set dates for these focus groups, but if you would like to participate please email

Case studies

Four stories/case studies relating to capability development and eight stories/case studies relating to teaching and learning in VTE will be gathered.


A narrative approach will be taken to capture the stories from organisations, groups and/or individuals who are already successfully using Web 2 technologies. We hope to capture these stories innovatively, eg digital stories.

Conversations and Collaboration

Analysis of the conversations that will take place using the research blog and the dynamic nature of a wiki where ideas, models and frameworks can be built collaboratively by enthusiastic users of Web 2.0 tools, will be powerful methodologies contributing to the expected outcomes of this research project.

Online Survey

We intend using an online survey to gather feedback from VTE practitioners not conversant with Web 2.0 tools, or not captured by the methodologies described above. The survey would be designed after the analysis of data collected from the focus group, blog and wiki so that quantitative questions relative to emergent themes can be designed using an AI methodology.

If you would like to participate in this online survey, please enter your details at the Online Survey option on the left-hand menu or email me directly at to register. Many thanks.

Communication Strategy

The research blog (yet to be established) will be used to keep you informed of progress and maintain communication with you all.