ALARA aims to support students and educators who are engaged in collaborative and participative processes for learning and research. The resources below provide opportunities for individuals to connect and engage with fellow ALARA members, share their thoughts and reflections, and learn and connect with each other.

ALARA Australasian Conferences

ALARA runs an annual conference that aims to build knowledge amongst delegates through engagement, discussion and reflection. These conferences offer great scope for presenters to facilitate fun, interesting and participative sessions that allow both presenters and delegates to collaboratively learn with and from each other.

Students: ALARA conferences provide a fun and supportive environment where students can explore aspects of their research/projects in a conversation with others or can run interactive sessions which are based on their studies. Mentoring can be provided to students who are interested in facilitating an interactive session and would like some support with the development of their collaborative focused presentation.

ALARA conferences also provide individuals with opportunities to learn about collaborative learning and research methods via their direct participation and engagement in the interactive sessions offered by other presenters. In previous Australasian conferences, individuals have learnt about action learning by dancing the Cha Cha, and have learnt about reflection through movement, visual aids and group discussions. For more information about the upcoming ALARA conferences please go to the Events page

Action Research and Evaluation On-line Course (Areol)

ALARA sponsors a bi-annual 15 week on-line action research course offered by Bob Dick. This course is free and is available for students and interested individuals to engage in if they want to learn more about collaborative and participative based research methods.

The program invites participants to consider where action research can be used and how participatory processes can be implemented in a project design. This includes a focus on active change processes, creating and contracting involvement and participation with others, achieving rigour in cyclical review and evaluation, and processes for data collection and analysis. A full program overview can be accessed via the following link:

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like further details about the course, please click here.

The next program begins in mid-February 2014, with orientation material sent out in early February. To enrol, email Bob Dick (bd [at] and ask for a subscription form.

Australian Institute of Business - Master of Business Administration

ALARA members can access a customised offering for the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) Master of Business Administration. Click here for further details.

Publications in Action Learning and Action Research

In addition to ALARA's publications, there is an ever-increasing number of journals, books and websites with useful information about Action Learning and Action Research. Some of these are included in the Around the World networks page.


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