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CCCOER Presents: OER Impact Research


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When starting an OER initiative at your institution, it is important to consider how you will measure the impact that OER is having on teaching and learning. This webinar will discuss the best studies that are currently out there, key research designs for institutions, lessons learned, and what data institutions should be collecting right now.
When: Wednesday, November 13, 12pm PT/ 3pm ET
Featured Speakers:

Phillip Grimaldi, Director of Research, OpenStax
Virginia Clinton, Assistant Professor, Education, Health & Behavior, University of North Dakota


Nathan Smith, OER Faculty-in-Residence and Philosophy Professor, Houston Community College

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CCCOER Presents: OER Impact Research

  1. 1. OER Impact Research Nov 13, 2019, 12:00 pm PST Welcome to image: Unless otherwise indicated, this presentation is licensed CC-BY 4.0
  2. 2. Agenda ● Introductions ● CCCOER overview ● Access hypothesis ● OER research to-date ● Designing OER impact research ● Q & A ● Upcoming events and announcements
  3. 3. Speakers Moderator: Nathan Smith OER Faculty-In-Residence Houston Community College Virginia Clinton Assistant Professor, Education, Health & Behavior University of North Dakota Phillip Grimaldi Director of Research OpenStax Rice University
  4. 4. ● Expand awareness & access to high- quality OER ● Support faculty choice & development ● Inform regional leadership ● Improve student success CCCOER Mission
  5. 5. Membership Fall 2019 15 State-wide Memberships New Members: Trinity Valley Community College Texas Butler Community College Kansas
  6. 6. Getting to know our guests What is your research background and how does it now intersect with OER? Phillip Grimaldi, OpenStax, Rice University Virginia Clinton, University of North Dakota
  7. 7. What is the access hypothesis? ● Students who do not have access to course materials will perform worse than student who do have access. ● Interventions aimed at improving access will help, but only students who did not have access to begin with. ● Depending on existing access rates, access interventions may not have any observable effects on the overall population.
  8. 8. What’s the bottom-line conclusion from over a decade of OER research? • Open textbooks have equivalent learning outcomes as commercial textbooks (22 studies, over 100,000 students) • no differences based on instructor, same assessment, or incorporating student prior knowledge/achievement • Courses with open textbooks have lower withdrawal rates than courses with commercial textbooks (11 studies, over 78,000 students)
  9. 9. Discussion: so what does this all mean?
  10. 10. How can institutions set up good OER impact research?
  11. 11. Key research questions • Cost savings to students • Outcomes (pass rates, completion rates) • Usage of OER vs traditional textbooks (print vs digital) • Perceptions of OER • Examining specific sub-groups who will benefit most • Examining specific implementation strategies • Education, pedagogy, and OER Other areas: enrollment intensity, persistence, degree completion
  12. 12. Collaborative Projects • Human Subjects Research issues • What is this and why does it matter? • Collaborate with researchers at other institutions An example: • HCC and Rice Openstax • IRB approval • Data sharing agreement • Data sharing processes
  13. 13. Links for reading: 1. John Hilton III. “Open Educational Resources, Student Efficacy, and User Perceptions: A Synthesis of Research Published Between 2015 and 2018.” Education Tech Research Dev, 6 August, 2019. 019-09700-4 2. Virginia Clinton and Shafiq Khan. “Efficacy of Open Textbook Adoption on Learning Performance and Course Withdrawal Rates: A Meta-Analysis.” American Educational Research Association, 2019, 5 (3), 1-20. 3. Phillip Grimaldi, Debshila Basu Mallick, Andrew Waters, Richard Baraniuk. “Do Open Educational Resources Improve Student Learning? Implications of the Access Hypothesis.” PLOS One 14(3)
  14. 14. Also, check out the Open Ed Group Highlights: • OER Research Toolkit • OER Adoption Impact Calculator • The Review Project
  15. 15. Stay in the Loop ● Upcoming Conferences See our website under “Get-Involved” ● Join our Community Email ○ ● Read our EDI blog posts ○ Image:
  16. 16. Fall Webinar Series (12pm/3pm EST) Image: Aug 27 Who/What/Where/Why/How of CCCOER Sept 18 Copyright and Licensing with OER Oct 16 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in OER Nov 13 OER Impact Research Dec 4 Conference Recap and Reflections: OpenEd and OE Global Descriptions & Registration:
  17. 17. Questions? Contact Info: @unatdaly -- @cccoer Liz Yata -- Lisa Young -- @suetash Sue Tashjian -- Thank you!