Thursday, July 8
12:00-12:20 PM
Room 2

“Like buying time”: Educators' Use of Online Education Marketplaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Full Paper: Research Based (Live Presentation) ID: 59018
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    Jeffrey Carpenter
    Elon University
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    Catharyn C Shelton
    Northern Arizona University
  3. Lauren Mitchell
    Elon University

Abstract: (TpT) is an online education marketplace where educators exchange instructional and classroom resources. Despite signs of its popularity, research on educator TpT use is limited. Our purpose in this paper was to study educators’ perspectives on their TpT use during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic forcing many teachers to quickly shift to emergency remote teaching, and then subsequently grapple with hybrid modes of teaching, the demand for curriculum and instructional resources has been high. Via a Winter 2020 survey, 904 educators reported on how their TpT use had or had not changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualitative analysis suggested that more than three-quarters of the participants indicated that their TpT use had indeed changed. Although 13% of respondents mentioned less use of TpT, 65% described using TpT more or in different ways. Results provide insight into educators’ motivations for and experiences with using an online education marketplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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