OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Thursday, October 12 • 9:00am - 9:25am
How Does OER Adoption Impact Classroom Teaching and Learning?

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The Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) at The Ohio State University offers grants to support faculty in replacing traditional textbooks with high-quality open educational resources (OER) and library materials. Through this affordability program, colleagues in the University Libraries, Office of Distance Education and eLearning, and other teaching-oriented units combine their resources to help faculty successfully create or adopt no-cost or low-cost course materials. The faculty in the first cohort adopted OER for 12 courses in Fall 2016, and a second cohort is working on a similar number this year. The first two cohorts are projected to save students nearly $1.3 million annually. Through supporting faculty in the creation and adoption of OER, the team also noticed many faculty were re-thinking their course design, learning objectives, activities, and assessments in ways that seemed more strongly aligned with best pedagogical practices. Our mixed-methods study explores this observation in a more critical and rigorous way through interviews with faculty who adopt ALX-funded OER. The interview protocol includes questions about if and how the adoption of OER encouraged changes in the course's breadth or depth of coverage, proportion of time spent on different activities (e.g., lecture versus group work versus discussion), and number or types of assessments. In addition, faculty discussed whether and how student learning changed in terms of students' level of motivation and engagement, quality of participation, quality of collaboration with fellow students, and performance on assessments. This paper will present preliminary results based on qualitative analysis of the 16 interviews conducted with Cohort One faculty adopters to investigate under which conditions OER creation/adoption seemed to encourage changes in course design, how and why design changes occurred, and how those changes impacted the instructor's perception of students' engagement and quality of learning.

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Amanda Folk

Head, Teaching & Learning, The Ohio State University Libraries

Shanna Jaggars

The Ohio State University

Marcos Rivera

Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University

Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 9:25am PDT
Terrace D - F