What is Microsoft Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR)?

PILSR provides individual schools with an online research tool to measure their own innovative teaching practices that develop the skills students need for life and work today. Based on globally-recognized research, the PILSR research tool is international in scope, enables school-specific measurement of innovative teaching, and provides a common language to drive community dialogue and systemic change – all at no cost to schools.

clip_image001What are the benefits of the online research tool?

Partners in Learning School Research helps schools achieve a common understanding of innovative teaching practices, educational transformation, and how all parties can collectively move forward.  PILSR is:

Credible.  The research tool validates the role/importance of ICT and is based on globally-recognized research* that measures innovation in three key areas:

o Student-centered pedagogy (teaching/learning)

o Extend learning beyond the classroom

o ICT** used for teaching and learning

· Complimentary.  Available at no cost to primary and secondary schools worldwide.

· Easy/Accessible.  Available online and easy to administer. Set up, distribute surveys, and receive data easily and with minimal time commitment. 

· Measurable.  School-specific measurement and a path to innovation.  Research data provides factual, school-specific information to empower leaders to make educated, data-driven decisions.

· Personalized.  Provides school-specific results based on each individual school’s own environment.

How does the research tool work?clip_image002

1. Schools sign up using a simple set up wizard:  Sign up for PILN. Identify a research leader. Invite teachers. Invite School leaders. Takes 15-20 minutes to set up.

2. Distribute Surveys & Reminders

Easy Distribution:  PILN sends emails that contains survey links, call-to-actions, and deadlines. PILN enables research leaders to see who has and has not taken the surveys and sends reminder emails to complete surveys.

Invitation to take the school survey


Monitor your school’s survey progress screen


Reminder emails are sent to participants who haven’t completed their survey


3. Use the Report

Insightful Results:  Once the survey window has closed, a report is generated and available to people who participated in the survey. The report measures elements of innovative teaching practices and compares educator and school leader responses.

Below are a few examples of PILSR results.  clip_image006

§ Innovative Teaching Practices Index

§ Student Centered Pedagogy

§ Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

§ ICT Used for Teaching and Learning by Educators

§ ICT Used for Teaching and Learning by Students

§ Barriers to Technology Use

§ Topics of Professional Development and Levels of Innovative Teaching Practices

§ Types of Professional Development and Levels of Innovative Teaching Practices

§ Collaboration among Educators

§ Incentives and Recognition for Innovative Teaching

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