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Infographic: K-12 Administrators and Teachers Speak Up about Open Education Resources

New Research Findings from Project Tomorrow



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District Administrators: Has your district implemented an OER approach for instructional digital content?
  • 39% say yes
    • With 19% saying they are already seeing positive academic results from the use of OER content
  • 21% are considering it
  • 40% have no plans to implement this approach
Technology Leaders Predict High Growth Digital Learning Initiatives
  • 40% predict 1:1 mobiles in the classroom
  • 45% predict game-based learning
  • 50% predict open education resources  
  • 52% predict blended learning environments
  • 54% predict flipped learning in the classroom

Teachers have new preferences for how they want to find and use digital content in their classroom

  Gr K-5 teachers Gr 6-8 teachers Gr 9-12 teachers
I can modify the content to meet classroom needs 66% 75% 79%
Ability to find online when I need it 50% 53% 56%
I want to use content that I have personally reviewed for quality 45% 49% 52%
Content is aligned to my curriculum 39% 50% 41%
My preference is to create my own digital content   26% 32% 44%

Most likely to want to create their own digital content

  • 69% are high school computer science teachers
  • 58% are high school world language teachers
  • 53% are high school English teachers

What characteristics are most/least important to teachers when evaluating quality of digital content?  

Most important Least important
Alignment to local/state curriculum Content is recognized as an OER
Currency of content Ranking on a search engine
Accommodates multiple reading levels Source is content expert organization
Research based Recommended by a state DOE
Modifiable by the teacher Mobile app version of the content is available

73% of school librarians say that teachers’ use of open education resources is to supplement core curriculum, not replace core curriculum

Teachers’ practices regarding self-created content is changing

  • Fall 2016:  42% of teachers said they were likely to share a lesson plan (or similar) content that they created online for other teachers to use
  • Fall 2008:  Only 5% of teachers expressed an interest in doing that

Teachers likely to share self-created content: 

  • 30% high school teachers
  • 41% say their tech skills are advanced
  • 60% have 11 or more years of experience, 29% have 4 to 10 years of experience, 11% 3 or fewer years of experiences.

Source: Speak Up Research Initiative, 2016 Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of 514,351 K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators, and members of the community from around the world collected from October 2016 to January 2017. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org