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Open textbook adoption on the Prairies: Initiative and support at one university

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Slides from a presentation at the TLt conference held in Regina, SK May 2 - 3, 2016

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Open textbook adoption on the Prairies: Initiative and support at one university

  1. 1. Open textbook adoption on the Prairies: Initiatives and support at one university Heather M. Ross & Nancy K. Turner University of Saskatchewan
  2. 2. Overview • Open textbooks • Open textbooks at USask • Diffusion of innovations • Open textbook adoption through lens of diffusion • Moving forward
  3. 3. The Academic Impact • Purchase an older edition of the textbook • Delay purchasing the textbook • Never purchase the textbook
  4. 4. 63.6% Not purchase the required textbook 49.2% Take fewer courses 45.1% Not register for a specific course 33.9% Earn a poor grade 26.7% Drop a course 17.0% Fail a course In your academic career, has the cost of required textbooks caused you to: http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/pdf/2012_Florida_Student_Textbook_Survey.pdf
  5. 5. What are open textbooks? • Digital • Free • Instructor written • Peer reviewed • Adaptable*
  6. 6. Why Should We Integrate • Cost savings for students • Access for learners • Customization (revise & remix) • Efficiency • Community • Reputation
  7. 7. Open textbooks at USask
  8. 8. First Adoption We Knew About • Winter 2015 • Principles of Economics (OpenStax) • Agriculture and Bioresource • 270 students • Out of the box
  9. 9. Known Adoptions at USask • College of Agriculture and Bioresource • Edwards School of Business • Department of Chemistry • Department of History • Department of Sociology • 2015 - 2016 academic year – 900+ students = $90,000+ savings
  10. 10. Adaptation / Creation • College of Engineering – engineering economics • Department of Biology – second year biology • Edwards School of Business – College Success
  11. 11. Diffusion of Innovations
  12. 12. Knowledge Persuasion Decision (adopt or reject) Implementation Confirmation Stages of Adoption
  13. 13. Variables Determining Rate of Adoption
  14. 14. Perceived Attributes
  15. 15. Type of Innovation- Decision
  16. 16. Open Textbooks & Diffusion • Perceived attributes – what are the benefits? o Matching appropriate content to courses o Free and ability to localize o Try alongside existing resources • Type of innovation- decision = optional • Communication – posters, media, word-of- mouth
  17. 17. Open Textbooks & Diffusion • Nature of social system: o Academic freedom o Barriers related to tenure & promotion o Funding • Change agent promotion: o Workshops o Individual support o Support resource development
  18. 18. Moving Forward • Continued education & communication • Adaptions / creations • Adoptions • Funding
  19. 19. Questions & Comments open.usask.ca

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