School / K12

K12 is the term used in the US to refer to primary and secondary free education: from kindergarten (4- to 6-year-olds) through to twelfth grade (17- to 19-year-olds).

Our collaboration within the K12 sector is represented by Vital Signs, a citizen science program from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for middle school students to learn science by doing science; and the Flipped Learning Network, a community of teachers interested in flipped learning –moving direct instruction out of the classroom and shifting it to the individual learning space in order to free up class time to do more hands-on learning.

The OER Research Hub is working jointly with Vital Signs and the Flipped Learning Network to explore the project’s two overarching hypotheses, namely that OER use improves student satisfaction and performance (Hypothesis A), and that people use OER differently to other online materials (Hypothesis B). Both projects are also contributing to our research with evidence that OER use leads teachers to reflect on their practice (Hypothesis E). In addition, Vital Signs is providing ground to determine to what extent peer assessment acts as a motivator to using OER (Hypothesis K), while the Flipped Learning Network will help us draw information to establish whether or not OER use encourages institutions to change their policies (Hypothesis J).

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