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Motivation for learning in an asynchronous environment: Oak National Academy in action

Written by: Katie Marl
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Katie Marl, Curriculum Manager, Education Team, Oak National Academy, UK Oak National Academy was created in April 2020 to support teachers and students during lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It hosts over 10,000 lessons, covering the entire National Curriculum for students aged four to 16, and includes 600 lessons for pupils with specialist needs. We’ve been through several lesson-production cycles and learned a lot along the way. We embed our findings into subsequent lesson production. Oak partnered with ImpactEd to understand the impact that Oak National Academy’s resources had over the spring and summer terms of the 2020–21 academic year, reflecting on usage of Oak both during partial school closures and following full pupil returns (Impact Ed 2020/21 Evaluation Report, July 2021). The findings of this report will be referred to throughout this article and consisted of a mixed methods approach: a quantitative survey with 911 participants, qualitative inter

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