Distributed Action Research
Towards a definition : What do we mean by DAR?
It's all about trying to improve a situation or solve a problem in an online environment through understanding how these relatively new forms of community work. We cannot do this effectivly as outsiders, only by being a part of the communities we research ( participatory research). So it's the application of Action Research methodology to settings where groups of people just happen to live and work through computer mediated communications (CMCs) while geographically distributed.
In brief perhaps: "The application of Action Research methodology to facilitate distributed communities of practice"
Related subjects include:
Action Research Communities of Practice Online Facilitation Knowledge Management Internet Research