Using Textbook Alternatives to
Decrease Cost and Increase
Student Engagement
August 13th, 2014
Distance Teaching and Learn...
Why pilot Ginkgotree?
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Open textbook
authoring
Mobile devices Video sharing eTexts
What are...
Solution
Why use Ginkgotree in your
class?
Enhanced the packaging of content
Improved access to content
Increased interactivity
Using GinkgoTree in
Business Writing
What did students think?
Easy
Agree Neutral Disagree
Ginkgotree 86.7 8.4 4.8
Registering 80.7 9.6 9.6
Features and navigation 78.3 10.8 7.2
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Engaged
CC Flickr Vandy CFT
Agree Neutral Disagree
Feel like part of the class 50.6 32.5 10.8
Increase participation 51.8 26.5 18.1
Increase interacti...
Learned
CC Flickr katherine.a
Agree Neutral Disagree
Understand course material 68.7 30.1 1.2
Benefical to learning 68.7 26.5 4.8
Helped connect ideas 5...
Liked!
Agree Neutral Disagree
Another course 61.4 28.9 7.2
Recommend continued use 73.5 18.1 8.4
Overall 71.1 21.7 7.2
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Agree Neutral Disagree
More portable 73.5 19.3 6
More relevant content 61.4 27.7 9.6
Better than 57.8 24.1 13.3
Prefer ove...
Learning
Satisfaction
Engagement
(r = .84, p<.001)
(r = .67, p<.001)
(r = .60, p<.001)
What surprised us?
Flexibility
Agree Neutral Disagree
Greater flexibility to
learn
66.3 24.1 7.2
Better organize and
structure learning
62.7 ...
Predicts learning
Flexibility
Engagement
Learning
F(2, 144) = 328.60, p<.001
Approximately 82% of the variance
accounted f...
Recommendations
Based on the results of our data
analyses from the student and
instructor surveys
Use OER
Annotate text
Agree Neutral Disagree
Annotations connected
to instructor
62.9 26.5 10.6
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Make Active
Annotation Highlighting Commenting Discussions
Use Rich Content
Book
Chapters
(2)
Articles Videos
(3)
Images Audio Web
Pages
(1)
Check Pricing
Connect and Share
CC Flickr bengray
Make Time
CC Flickr zamboni.andrea
Not just an e-text
Questions
Thank you!
Tanya Joosten, tjoosten@uwm.edu, @tjoosten
Dylan Barth, djbarth@uwm.edu, @dylanbarth
Nicole Weber, nicolea5@uwm...
Resources
• Faculty interests survey
• Ginkgotree instructor midterm evaluation
survey
• Ginkgotree end-of-the-semester st...
Not included
Agree Neutral Disagree
Improved overall grade 43.4 42.2 9.6
Got better grades 34.9 44.6 18.1
Discussions helped do
better
...
Agree Neutral Disagree
Ginkgotree introduction 84.2 13.2 2.6
Ginkgotree instructions 88 10.6 1.3
Recommend instructor 79.4...
Using textbook alternatives to decrease cost and increase student engagement
Using textbook alternatives to decrease cost and increase student engagement
Using textbook alternatives to decrease cost and increase student engagement
Using textbook alternatives to decrease cost and increase student engagement
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During the 2013-14 academic year, the UW-Milwaukee’s Learning Technology Center began the pilot process for curating open educational resources and open textbook authoring using the web-based application, GinkgoTree. Initial results from qualitative and quantitative survey data regarding faculty and student perceptions of the pilot, as well as lessons learned, will be shared during this session.

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  • Independent samples t-tests using OER as the grouping variable illustrates OER classes reported significantly higher self-perceived learning (M = 37.29, SD = 7.79) as compared to courses that did no use OER content (M=32.41, SD = 6.58), t(80) = 2.86, p < .01.

    Additionally, OER courses reported significantly higher self-perceived satisfaction in Ginkgotree (M = 31.06, SD = 4.72) as compared to non-OER content courses (M = 27.34, SD = 4.75), t(80) = 3.404, p < .01.

    Finally, OER courses exhibited significantly higher self-perceived flexibility of Ginkgotree (M = 24.93, SD = 4.38) as compared to their non-OER counterparts (M = 20.04, SD = 4.08), t(80) = 4.95, p < .001.

    See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iun76lc77po2eao/AACmzekO-2fybpr3pZPefVcLa

    OER
    Flexibility

    Interactivity, learning, satisfaction

    Grades and retention, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kovolfj98ke8mkt/Grade%20Codebook%2013_14%20Spring.docx
  • Quantitative finds suggest student felt that annotations made them connected to their instructor and helped them learn more

    Which of following types of content in Ginkgotree helped me with learning information for this course:
    Instructor-annotated articles

    59/77 or 77% strongly/agreed that instructor annotated articles helped them learn

    35
    24
    13
    3
    2
    77
    M = 1.87





    See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iun76lc77po2eao/AACmzekO-2fybpr3pZPefVcLa

    OER
    Flexibility

    Interactivity, learning, satisfaction

    Grades and retention, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kovolfj98ke8mkt/Grade%20Codebook%2013_14%20Spring.docx
  • Instructors reported GT helped them…

    Allow students to see instructor thoughts (builds connection to instructor, allows you to unpack thoughts)
    Increase engagement with the content (type of content, reactions to content, annotate, highlight, comment, )
    Show students specific items (image or video or webclip with a specific example)

    Qualitative instructor surveys felt that they needed to take advantage of the interactivity tools and rethink the use of LMS discussions and GT discussions

    Increase Interaction Possibilities
    “The lack of interaction between students…”







    See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iun76lc77po2eao/AACmzekO-2fybpr3pZPefVcLa

    OER
    Flexibility

    Interactivity, learning, satisfaction

    Grades and retention, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kovolfj98ke8mkt/Grade%20Codebook%2013_14%20Spring.docx
  • Students report web clips, book chapters, and videos helped them learn most (after annotated articles).

    Why Use GT to Offer a Variety of Materials?

    Helps students better meet learning objectives
    It becomes a “one-stop shop”
    Widens content available to students
    Pinpoints specific examples of course components
    A picture can speak 1000 words
    Sometimes you just need audio and visual


    Keys:
    -learning objectives
    -one place for all the content materials
    -allowing instructors to widen the content pool to help make the important concepts more clear
    -ability to show specific examples of course topic areas
    -importance of image use—especially in the different fields
    -YouTube videos to show sampling designs


    See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iun76lc77po2eao/AACmzekO-2fybpr3pZPefVcLa

    OER
    Flexibility

    Interactivity, learning, satisfaction

    Grades and retention, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kovolfj98ke8mkt/Grade%20Codebook%2013_14%20Spring.docx
  • Decrease Cost of Copyrighted Materials
    “The price is not quite right…”





    See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iun76lc77po2eao/AACmzekO-2fybpr3pZPefVcLa

    OER
    Flexibility

    Interactivity, learning, satisfaction

    Grades and retention, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kovolfj98ke8mkt/Grade%20Codebook%2013_14%20Spring.docx
  • Additional Training and Development
    The need to see “more examples, models of how Ginkgotree was being utilized…”


    Teaching Transformation: When you incorporate a new tool you must rethink the way you teach. In the case of GT, this focuses on the incorporate the use of OER materials.





    See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iun76lc77po2eao/AACmzekO-2fybpr3pZPefVcLa

    OER
    Flexibility

    Interactivity, learning, satisfaction

    Grades and retention, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kovolfj98ke8mkt/Grade%20Codebook%2013_14%20Spring.docx
  • See https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iun76lc77po2eao/AACmzekO-2fybpr3pZPefVcLa

    OER
    Flexibility

    Interactivity, learning, satisfaction

    Grades and retention, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kovolfj98ke8mkt/Grade%20Codebook%2013_14%20Spring.docx
  • “It can’t be an add-on, supplement, or nice to have”
    “Think of it as an extension of your classroom space”
    “Take advantage of the opportunity to diversify their learning materials rather than having GT simple serve as a repository for articles and book chapters”
    “Get students into discussions immediately”
  • Using textbook alternatives to decrease cost and increase student engagement

    1. 1. Using Textbook Alternatives to Decrease Cost and Increase Student Engagement August 13th, 2014 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference Download at slideshare.net/tjoosten
    2. 2. Why pilot Ginkgotree?
    3. 3. 42 46 44 4927 20 25 2531 34 31 26 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Open textbook authoring Mobile devices Video sharing eTexts What are you interested in learning more about? Very/interested Neutral Very/uninterested M=2.94M=2.99 M=2.96 M=2.79
    4. 4. Solution
    5. 5. Why use Ginkgotree in your class?
    6. 6. Enhanced the packaging of content
    7. 7. Improved access to content
    8. 8. Increased interactivity
    9. 9. Using GinkgoTree in Business Writing
    10. 10. What did students think?
    11. 11. Easy
    12. 12. Agree Neutral Disagree Ginkgotree 86.7 8.4 4.8 Registering 80.7 9.6 9.6 Features and navigation 78.3 10.8 7.2 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Ease of use
    13. 13. Engaged CC Flickr Vandy CFT
    14. 14. Agree Neutral Disagree Feel like part of the class 50.6 32.5 10.8 Increase participation 51.8 26.5 18.1 Increase interaction with content 61.4 28.9 6 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Engagement
    15. 15. Learned CC Flickr katherine.a
    16. 16. Agree Neutral Disagree Understand course material 68.7 30.1 1.2 Benefical to learning 68.7 26.5 4.8 Helped connect ideas 59 32.5 7.2 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Learning
    17. 17. Liked!
    18. 18. Agree Neutral Disagree Another course 61.4 28.9 7.2 Recommend continued use 73.5 18.1 8.4 Overall 71.1 21.7 7.2 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Satisfaction
    19. 19. Agree Neutral Disagree More portable 73.5 19.3 6 More relevant content 61.4 27.7 9.6 Better than 57.8 24.1 13.3 Prefer over 55.4 25.3 19.3 Learned more 48.2 37.3 14.5 Read more 50.6 27.7 20.5 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Textbook comparison
    20. 20. Learning Satisfaction Engagement (r = .84, p<.001) (r = .67, p<.001) (r = .60, p<.001)
    21. 21. What surprised us?
    22. 22. Flexibility Agree Neutral Disagree Greater flexibility to learn 66.3 24.1 7.2 Better organize and structure learning 62.7 26.5 10.8 More efficient study time 59 31.3 8.4 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
    23. 23. Predicts learning Flexibility Engagement Learning F(2, 144) = 328.60, p<.001 Approximately 82% of the variance accounted for by flexibility and interactivity (adjusted R2 = .818)
    24. 24. Recommendations Based on the results of our data analyses from the student and instructor surveys
    25. 25. Use OER
    26. 26. Annotate text Agree Neutral Disagree Annotations connected to instructor 62.9 26.5 10.6 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
    27. 27. Make Active Annotation Highlighting Commenting Discussions
    28. 28. Use Rich Content Book Chapters (2) Articles Videos (3) Images Audio Web Pages (1)
    29. 29. Check Pricing
    30. 30. Connect and Share CC Flickr bengray
    31. 31. Make Time CC Flickr zamboni.andrea
    32. 32. Not just an e-text
    33. 33. Questions
    34. 34. Thank you! Tanya Joosten, tjoosten@uwm.edu, @tjoosten Dylan Barth, djbarth@uwm.edu, @dylanbarth Nicole Weber, nicolea5@uwm.edu, @nwebs
    35. 35. Resources • Faculty interests survey • Ginkgotree instructor midterm evaluation survey • Ginkgotree end-of-the-semester student survey • Ginkgotree end-of-the-semester instructor survey
    36. 36. Not included
    37. 37. Agree Neutral Disagree Improved overall grade 43.4 42.2 9.6 Got better grades 34.9 44.6 18.1 Discussions helped do better 47 34.9 4.8 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Performance
    38. 38. Agree Neutral Disagree Ginkgotree introduction 84.2 13.2 2.6 Ginkgotree instructions 88 10.6 1.3 Recommend instructor 79.4 13.2 7.3 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Satisfaction

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