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From Books to MOOCs and Back Again: An Irish Case Study of Open Digital Textbooks

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Presentation at European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN) conference, Genoa, 17th June, 2018. Nominated for best paper award.

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From Books to MOOCs and Back Again: An Irish Case Study of Open Digital Textbooks

  1. 1. Mark Brown, Eamon Costello & Mairead Nic Giollamhichil From Books to MOOCs and Back Again: An Irish Case Study of Open Digital Textbooks 17st June, 2018 Genoa
  2. 2. MICRO MACRO MESO NANO Open Digital Textbooks
  3. 3. A collection of OER aggregated in a manner that resembles a textbook but may also be rich with media and hyperlinks. Open Digital Textbooks…
  4. 4. Outline… 1. Background 2. The Irish project 3. Transformative agenda
  5. 5. 2019 Conference Dublin
  6. 6. 1. Background
  7. 7. • From 1978 to 2013 textbook prices increased 812% (Baglione & Sullivan, 2016) • Since 2006 the cost of college textbooks increased by 73%, which is over four times the rate of inflation (Senack & Donoghue, 2016) • 98% of courses require a textbook (Allen & Seaman, 2016) In the U.S…
  8. 8. 2018
  9. 9. One third of the case studies involve open digital textbooks
  10. 10. Ireland one of only three countries not to support a MOOC initiative
  11. 11. http://ukopentextbooks.org
  12. 12. 2. The Irish project
  13. 13. Research problem...
  14. 14. Our knowledge of whether traditional textbooks remains core to the student learning experience is largely speculative. Research problem...
  15. 15. Our knowledge of whether traditional textbooks remains core to the student learning experience is largely speculative. With more widespread implementation of VLEs and growth of OERs it might be reasonable to assume that usage of textbooks is declining; however, we simply do not have data to support or refute this assumption. Research problem...
  16. 16. To investigate the current and intended future usage of open digital textbooks in Irish higher education and their transformative potential Research objective...
  17. 17. 1. What is the current usage level of textbooks in Irish higher education? 1. What awareness, experience and knowledge do Irish educators have of open digital textbooks? 1. What awareness, experience and knowledge do Irish students have of open digital textbooks? Research questions...
  18. 18. 4. What are the perceived advantages and disadvantages of adopting open digital textbooks in Irish higher education? 5. What are the perceived barriers and enablers likely to influence the successful enterprise- wide adoption of open digital textbooks Research questions...
  19. 19. 1. Environmental scan and national survey 1. Institutional case study of current and intended practice 2. Open digital textbooks pilot and building stronger Irish community of practice Three work packages...
  20. 20. Work package 1 Environmental Scan
  21. 21. • 27K digital learning resources • Approximately €5m on the NDLR service • Demise remains a sensitive issue in Ireland
  22. 22. Largely out of Scope
  23. 23. 2017
  24. 24. Only 17% see as very important in Ireland
  25. 25. Work package 2 Institutional Case Study
  26. 26. Textbooks at an Irish University Textbooks remain in widespread use
  27. 27. • 3,000+ books • 71.5% of books are required and the remaining 28.5% are recommended. • Google books returned prices for 18% of books with costs ranging from $0.99 to over $400.00 Mean $56.67 | Mode $9.99 | Median $40.00
  28. 28. • Staff survey • Student focus groups • Textbook use and non-use Research underway…
  29. 29. 3. Transformative agenda
  30. 30. • Cost focus • Naïve openness • Single monolith entity Beyond…
  31. 31. Backcasting… Trowler, P., Ashwin, P. and Saunders, M. (2014). The Role of HEFCE in Teaching and Learning Enhancement: A Review of Evaluative Evidence. The Higher Education Academy, p.16.
  32. 32. Conclusion…
  33. 33. Conclusion… • Research in progress • Addresses significant gap • Still dearth of government policy
  34. 34. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  35. 35. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you
  36. 36. 2019 Conference Dublin

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