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Self-directed Science Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond.

  • Author(s): Gerard, Libby;
  • Wiley, Korah;
  • Debarger, Angela Haydel;
  • Bichler, Sarah;
  • Bradford, Allison;
  • Linn, Marcia C
  • et al.

Prompted by the sudden shift to remote instruction in March 2020 brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers explored online resources to support their students learning from home. We report on how twelve teachers identified and creatively leveraged open educational resources (OERs) and practices to facilitate self-directed science learning. Based on interviews and logged data, we illustrate how teachers' use of OER starkly differed from the typical uses of technology for transmitting information or increasing productivity. These experiences provide insights into ways teachers and professional developers can take advantage of OER to promote self-directed learning when in-person instruction resumes.

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