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A short presentation about research we conducted looking at faculty reports of their and students' experiences with using open textbooks in college and university courses. This research was funded by an OER Research Fellowship from the Open Education Group, which received funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This presentation was part of a larger group presentation by OER Research Fellows at the Open Education Conference in Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 2-4, 2016. These slides are only from the short presentation given by Christina Hendricks and Ozgur Ozdemir in that larger group presentation.

A short presentation about research we conducted looking at faculty reports of their and students' experiences with using open textbooks in college and university courses. This research was funded by an OER Research Fellowship from the Open Education Group, which received funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This presentation was part of a larger group presentation by OER Research Fellows at the Open Education Conference in Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 2-4, 2016. These slides are only from the short presentation given by Christina Hendricks and Ozgur Ozdemir in that larger group presentation.

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Instructor & Student Experiences with Open Textbooks, from the California Open Online Library for Education

  1. 1. INSTRUCTOR AND STUDENT EXPERIENCES WITH OPEN TEXTBOOKS, FROM THE CALIFORNIA OPEN ONLINE LIBRARY FOR EDUCATION (COOL4ED) Christina Hendricks – University of British Columbia-Vancouver Ozgur Ozdemir – Indiana University Open Education Conference, Nov. 2016 1
  2. 2. California Community Colleges California State University University of California 3 http://coolfored.org/
  3. 3. Research Questions • Faculty motivations for adopting OT or other OER • Cost savings for students • Student perceptions/attitudes (as reported by faculty) • Impact on student learning and retention • Other benefits and drawbacks 3
  4. 4. Methods Data collection 51 Faculty ePortfolios • About the (1) book, (2) course, (3) open textbook adoption, and (4) faculty bio • 30 Postsecondary Institutions • 7 Disciplinary Areas Data analysis Content Analysis • Open Coding 4
  5. 5. Findings: RQ1 5 Note: N=51 80% 44% 24% 20% COST SAVING CONTENT REPURPOSING ACCESSIBILITY MOTIVATING FACTORS
  6. 6. Findings: RQ2 • Typical costs for new textbooks reported by faculty: $50 to over $275 per book, average $140 • 32 faculty members reported how many students teach/year • Estimated total cost savings: $706,740 per year, for 5733 students ($123/student) 6 #textbookbrokebc image, by UBC undergraduate student society
  7. 7. Findings: RQ3 Note: N=40 97% 43% 40% 0% 15% 0% COST SAVING CONTENT ACCESSIBILITY STUDENTS ATTITUDE Positive Attitude Negative Attitude 7
  8. 8. Findings: RQ4 Note: N=51 39% 16% 0 45% 16% 12% 0 72% YES, IMPROVED STAYED THE SAME DECLINED NOT ASSESSED/UNSURE LEARNING & RETENTION Student Learning Improved? Student Retention Improved? 8
  9. 9. Findings: RQ5 Note: N=51 9 61% 86% 14% 39% 14% 86% COLLABORATED MORE WITH OTHER FACULTY? USED WIDER RANGE OF MATERIALS? DRAWBACKS OF USING OER? OTHER BENEFITS OR FRAWBACKS Yes No
  10. 10. Some conclusions • Cost savings: most prominent concern for faculty (80%) & students (93% of those that reported student views) • Content: only 4% of portfolios showed negative views by faculty, 12% by students • Adaptability: noted as important on 40% of portfolios 10

Editor's Notes

  • 2013: CA state legislature mandate to these 3 institutions
    Choose 50 lower div courses to target development & adoption of OER
    Do peer review of OT & OER

    Site has:
    Lost of 1st 2nd year courses that are highly enrolled & suggested open textbooks for them
    Faculty reviews of open textbooks
    Facult showcases
  • What is listed here as percentages are actually numbers; see the article for the actual percentages, which are higher!
  • 55% of eportfolios (20) reported on student learning; all said stayed same or improved
    Four said b/c of accessibility—cost and ability to access on multiple devices
    Four said b/c also changed course while adopting OER

    Only 12% (14) mentioned retention
    One mentioned cost
    One mentioned that was a small course that created close-knit community
  • Collaborated
    To revise or create OT (7 said revise, 2 said create)
    To create ancillary resources & assignments (4)
    Redesign of a course (1)

    Wider range
    More videos (6)
    Ew homework or study question tools (5)

    Other
    Value of embedding OT into LMS (3)
    Can project on screen during class (1)
    Can copy/paste to send in emails to students (1)

    Drawbacks (7)
    One said OER wasn’t adequate quality (series of videos, not book) (1)
    Connectivity issues (1)
    Students cut and paste into assignments w/o attribution (1)
    Writing a little dry & disjointed b/c of multiple authors (1)
  • Student concerns:
    Lack of relevant content (2)
    Formatting issues: readability and lack of visuals (4)
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