Action Research Project

The idea to take World Upside Down online was first tested in two schools in the Dominican Republic in 2011, as a part of Joanna Puello and Jerusha Liranzo’s Action Research Project for the Instructional Design Master’s Degree Program at Full Sail University. We created forty 20-minute video classes (ten in each art area) which were viewed by sixty-one students over a period of two cycles in three months. The data we gathered from beta test participants reflected extremely high student engagement and no problems with accessibility. In fact, the results were so positive that the school owners said that they would happily pay a monthly subscription fee to have access to a fully developed online K-12 curriculum for the arts. Watch this video to learn more about the results:  WUD Action Research Project Report

We conducted the first cycle in two schools with sixty-one students in the Dominican Republic. The Action Research Project consisted of two cycles conducted in less than two months. During each cycle, students watched 3-5 of the World Upside Down (WUD) theater video classes as a part of their ESL classes. Administrators filled out pre- and post-cycle surveys based on their experiences during each cycle.
AR Stats

Center 1 – Centro Educativo Los Prados – Principal/Owner Alina Matos
This is a K-12 private school located in Santo Domingo (the capital). Forty-five students participated during their after-school ESL classes. English was their second language. Mrs. Matos said that she would use WUD video classes for 70% of the ESL curriculum.

Center 2 – PAAD Learning Center - Owner Addis Perez
This is a private after-school care center located in Santiago (the second largest city in the country) and designed primarily for students Pre-K-2nd grade. Sixteen students participated during their ESL classes. English was their second language. Mrs. Perez said that she would use WUD video classes for 80% of the ESL curriculum.

Center 3 – Las Palomas Christian School – Principal Allison Hale
This is a private K-12 Christian School located in San Pedro de Macoris (about 45 minutes from the capital). Students were unable to participate because the owners could not set up technical equipment in time for the beta test cycles, but the principal watched the video classes and participated in the relevant surveys. Mrs. Hale said she would use WUD video classes for 75% of her arts curriculum.


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