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  • Former President of Harvard University
  • Former President of Harvard University$17.5K up from $7.5KTextbooks – avg. student spends over $900/year
  • One of, if not the most important of motivations behind the open education movement is the desire to do a better job of discharging the great responsibilities of education by lowering costs and increasing access.
  • The power of the open textbook:Reduces costCustomizable
  • We want to give faculty hard data to back up their opinions about how to adapt their open digital textbooks from
  • Version 2.0 will be openly licensed and made publicly available in early 2013.Version 3.0 will be openly licensed and made publicly available in mid 2013

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  • 1. A Student Measure of the Quality of Open Digital Textbooks Or A Method For Getting Data-Backed Student Opinions TJ Bliss This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All credited images fall under Fair Use, are intended for transformative purposes only, and retain full copyright privileges.
  • 2. John Dewey Education is necessary to the individual “to prepare him for the future life means to give himcommand of himself; it means so to train him that he will have the full and ready use of all his capacities.” Image Credit: http://c250.columbia.edu/
  • 3. “Serving society is only one of higher education’s functions, but it is surely among the most important. At a time when the nation has its full share of difficulties...the question is notDerek Bok whether universities need to concern themselves with society’s problems but whether they are discharging this responsibility as well as they should.” Image Credit: http://helenedison.ucsd.edu/
  • 4. Image Credit: http://thethinkerblog.com/
  • 5. Image Credit: http://thethinkerblog.com/
  • 6. Image Credit: http://edudemic.com/
  • 7. Image Credits: flatworldknowledge.com; www.etftrends.com; www.eukicks.com
  • 8. Image Credits: www.flatworldknowledge.com; www.mindingthecampus.com; www.debatepolitics.com
  • 9. Dilbert By Scott Adams Image credit: www.dilbert.com
  • 10. It’s Alive!The Birth of a Textbook Quality Measure Hard data to back up student opinions about the quality of their (open) digital textbooks Image Credit: www.yankeeroundtable.com
  • 11. student surveysstudent interviews Qualitative Dataliterature review thematic analysis item revision Validated Model Target Themes “Final” Questionnaire factor analysis mental modeling Pilot Questionnaire Conceptual Model item development
  • 12. student surveysstudent interviews Qualitative Dataliterature review thematic analysis item revision Validated Model Target Themes “Final”Questionnaire Final Questionnaire factor analysis mental modeling Pilot Questionnaire Conceptual Model item development
  • 13. Project Kaleidoscope8 community colleges and 4-year schools California to New York
  • 14. Project Kaleidoscope Cross-institutional faculty teamsAggregate OER-based textbook replacements (FWK) 11 courses, 9,000 students in 2011-2012
  • 15. 490 Student Survey Responses From your perspective, what are thecharacteristics of a high quality digital textbook?Overall, what did you think of the digital textbook you used in your course? How would you rate the quality of the digital textbook you used in your course? Why?
  • 16. 10 Student Interviews In-depth probing Clarifying questioning Transcriptions
  • 17. 70 Journal Articles Peer reviewed9 main textbook evaluation criteria
  • 18. student surveysstudent interviews Qualitative Dataliterature review thematic analysis item revision Validated Model Target Themes “Final”Questionnaire Final Questionnaire factor analysis mental modeling Pilot Questionnaire Conceptual Model item development
  • 19. Thematic Analysis 7 main stepsData prep, reading, sorting, writing, axial coding, more sorting, finalizing
  • 20. Target ThemesNavigation, Access, Performance, Interaction, Rel evance, Presentation, Impact, Diversity
  • 21. student surveysstudent interviews Qualitative Dataliterature review thematic analysis item revision Validated Model Target Themes “Final”Questionnaire Final Questionnaire factor analysis mental modeling Pilot Questionnaire Conceptual Model item development
  • 22. Mental ModelingIdentify construct relationships
  • 23. student surveysstudent interviews Qualitative Dataliterature review thematic analysis item revision Validated Model Target Themes “Final”Questionnaire Final Questionnaire factor analysis mental modeling Pilot Questionnaire Conceptual Model item development
  • 24. Item Development Writing Expert review Revision Cognitive interviews Revision Expert review Revision
  • 25. Pilot Questionnaire 6 Background Items 44 Main Items 8 Target ThemesOctober 2012 Administration
  • 26. student surveysstudent interviews Qualitative Dataliterature review thematic analysis item revision Validated Model Target Themes “Final”Questionnaire Final Questionnaire factor analysis mental modeling Pilot Questionnaire Conceptual Model item development
  • 27. Next Steps Model evaluation and validation (Nov. ‘12) Item revision (Jan. ‘13) “Final” Questionnaire 2.0 (Feb. ‘13)Further evaluation, validation, revision (Apr. ‘13) “Final” Questionnaire 3.0 (May ‘13)