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Title: An Innovative Digital Tool to Inform Educators' Decisions About OERs to Support More Efficient and Effective Evaluation and Ongoing Use of OERs to Improve Math Skills
Center: NCER Year: 2020
Principal Investigator: McCord, Tina Awardee: Zuni Learning Tree
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (06/15/2020 – 02/15/2021) Award Amount: $199,856
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990020C0079

The company's existing platform, Zuni, is an online platform that hosts more than 200,000 open education resources (OERs) aligned to state standards in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and for social emotional learning. In this project, the researchers will increase the functionality of the platform for teachers and students. The Phase I prototype will include a feature to import student data into the platform and an algorithm to analyze student performance data and guide teacher instruction for individual students. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 10 teachers, the researchers will examine whether the new component functions as intended, and whether teachers use data to inform decision making about the OERs to support student instruction.