Presenter: Garry Brand, Grand Rapids Community College
This session will start with an overview of Grand Rapids Community College’s OER Initiative (www.grcc.edu/open). In our first year, GRCC is on track to save students one (1) million dollars! However, there’s more to OER than saving students money. We’ll look at some research and initial findings that show it may also improve online student success.
- Presentation Slides
- OER definition:
“Teaching, learning, and research materials in any media that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.”
- GRCC has an Open Initiative – OpenStax has worked very well at the college.
- GRCC Classfinder allows students to find OER Classes
- Strategic Plan – Kicked off a campus wide initiative after the Lansing CC OER Summit. Involved students in the process.
- Since the beginning of the initiative, there has been great interest in the press.
- Study: “A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students” – Goals: analyze whether the adoption of no-cost open digital textbooks significantly predicted students’ completion of courses, class achievement, and enrollment intensity during and after semesters in which OER were used.
- In most of the courses there are no significant difference.
- A couple of courses 21% of students withdrew from a commercial textbook, and only 6% of students in the OER course.
- Survey is underway:
- Research: “Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions“
- Future Research:
- Campus v Online Courses
- Performance on First Assessment
- Retention and Outcomes
- Impact of Reduction of Financial Barriers
- Enrollment Intensity