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October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Wednesday, October 11 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Exploring Experiences of Faculty Teaching with Open Textbooks in Different Higher Education Settings

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The cost of college textbooks has soared over the past decade (Allen and Student PIRGs, 2010; Allen, Guzman-Alvarez, Molinaro, & Larsen, 2015; Gallant 2015; Hilton, Robinson, Wiley, & Ackerman, 2014; Miller, Silver, Stevens, & Clow, 2012; Wiley, Green & Soares, 2012). According to the federation of Student Public Interest Research Groups (Student PIRGs, 2014), the price of new college textbooks increased by 82% between the years 2002 and 2012.

On the other hand, high quality open textbooks have been developed and made available freely to the students to reduce their financial burden. The open licences of such textbooks grant learners and educators usage rights including, retain, reuse, revise, redistribute, and remix as long as credit is given to the original developer of open textbooks (Wiley, 2015).

The major purpose of this qualitative study is to reveal the experiences of faculty who have switched to open access and cost-free textbooks. Specifically, this study aims to expand and enrich understanding of the lived experiences of faculty who have adopted open textbooks in 4-year universities and community colleges to teach college students in the USA. The results will help researcher reveal commonalities and differences between the experiences of faculty teaching in 4-year universities and community colleges.

A purposive sampling strategy (Fraenkel & Wallen, 2011) will be utilized to recruit participants in this study. The overarching research question is: What are the lived experiences of faculty who have adopted open textbooks in community colleges and four-year universities?

For the current study, the researcher plans to recruit 12 faculty members to conduct two-in-depth semi structured interviews per participant. Currently, 10 faculty members have already participated in first round interviews. Second round interviews will take place in May 2017. The data collected will be highly interesting and relevant to the OpenEd17 Conference participants.

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Curtis Bonk

Professor of Instructional Systems Technology, Indiania University
After five uninspiring years as a corporate controller and CPA, Curt Bonk received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. He is now Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (IU) and adjunct in the Sc... Read More →

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