Dr. Angel Pazurek recently presented a paper she co-wrote with lead author Suzan Koseoglu for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s 2013 International Convention held in Anaheim, California. This year’s convention theme was “Innovate! Integrate! Communicate!” as a means to shape the future of learning and instruction. Koseoglu and Pazurek’s paper discussed the value of design-based research (DBR) to specifically explore the instructional design and development of online learning environments in higher education. They also proposed a new DBR framework for investigating positive cases of effective design, arguing that typical approaches to DBR are focused heavily on problems and challenges with less regard for what is working well. In seeking ways to equally validate, illuminate, and elaborate on effective tools and techniques for online teaching and learning, the identification and analysis of such positive cases can be used to help determine evidence-based design principles for online learning environments in higher ed.