There is a version of this post and infographic in Spanish here.
As you may know by now, one of the OERRHub collaborations in the K12 sector is the Flipped Learning Network (FLN), a community of teachers whose mission is ‘to provide educators with the knowledge, skills and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning’. I wrote a blog post earlier this year, About flipped learning which will give you a rough idea of what flipping entails, should you need it. In September, Kari Arfstrom, Executive Director of the FLN, came over to The Open University in Milton Keynes as an OERRHub fellow. Kari blogged about her visit here; one of the things we did together during her stay was draw up a first draft of the infographic below. The infographic is based on the results of a survey that the OERRHub conducted to find out how flipped educators are using and thinking about open educational resources (OER), and it fulfils a promise to share these results in a fun and engaging manner. The survey was opened for roughly 5 weeks between April and May of 2013, to give us enough time to collate responses and present at FlipCon13 in Minnesota in June. Overall, 285 teachers completed the questionnaire, but once we filtered out those who were not actually flipping the classroom, those who were not K12 teachers based in the US and those not using OER, our target sample was reduced to 109 respondents.
For me, the most difficult part in putting together the survey questions with my colleagues at the OERRHub was how to talk OER to teachers who were probably using OER but were not familiar with the term. In the end, I opted for defining OER in the introduction to the survey as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others”, but referred to them in the questions as ‘free online resources’ in an attempt to keep language as simple and recognizable as possible. OER users in this sample selected themselves when asked to choose only one option in the following question:
My intention is to release the complete set of results in a more academic fashion before the year is out. If you’d like to talk open education and flipped learning, join me in the OpenEducation Group in the Flipped Learning Network. Also, Kari and I will be chatting ‘OER in a flipped classroom’ in a webinar on January 8th, 2014. More information here.
Finally, huge thanks to all the teachers who took the time to answer our questions; to Kari, for helping me look at the survey results with the eyes of K12 flipped educators; and to my sister, Celia de los Arcos, who understood and designed exactly what we needed, but made the infographic much more beautiful than we could have imagined.