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

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Wednesday, October 11 • 4:00pm - 4:25pm
What Did Jane Think? Faculty Perceptions of the Strengths and Weaknesses of Open Textbooks & Implications for Authors & Publishers

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The Open Textbook Network's Open Textbook Library is a searchable catalog of more than 350 open textbooks. Since April 2012, faculty and instructors at the Open Textbook Network's more than 370 member campuses nationwide have authored more than 900 reviews of these open textbooks, concurrent with their participation in professional development workshops and with the incentive of a small stipend. In the same spirit of sharing that is highlighted by the OpenEd17 conference theme, these CC-BY-licensed reviews are available in the Open Textbook Library for consultation and reference by faculty and instructors everywhere who are exploring open textbooks for adoption in their course instruction.

In 2017 we have undertaken a qualitative analysis of all open textbook reviews that were published in the Open Textbook Library before April 2017. Our research asked, what do faculty consider to be the strengths and weaknesses of open textbooks, and how can these perceptions inform the work of open textbook authors and publishers? In this presentation, we will share findings from our qualitative analysis of reviews; highlight additional research studies that have considered faculty perceptions of open textbook/OER strengths and weaknesses; suggest how the work of open textbook authors and publishers may be informed by faculty perceptions; and suggest research questions for further study.

Merinda McLure is the Health & Human Sciences Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder and a 2016-2018 OER Research Fellow.

Olga Belikov is a graduate student at Brigham Young University and a 2016-2018 OER Research Fellow.

David Ernst is founder and executive director of the Open Textbook Network.

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Olga Belikov

Student, Brigham Young University
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David Ernst

Executive Director, Open Education Network
Dr. David Ernst is graduate faculty, Chief Information Officer, and Director of the Center for Open Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. David is also the Executive Director of the Open Education Network, which works to improve... Read More →
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Merinda McLure

Head of the Researcher Engagement Section, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries
Merinda leads the CU Boulder University Libraries’ Researcher Engagement Section and serves as one of the Libraries’ three Open Educational Resources (OER) Co-Leads. She is the Libraries’ subject specialist and liaison librarian for CU Boulder’s departments of psychology and neuroscience; integrative physiology; and speech, language, and hearing sciences. Merinda joined the University Libraries in 2017 and has previously worked at Colorad... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:25pm PDT
Terrace A - C