Results from a Psychology OER pilot program: faculty and student perceptions, cost savings, and academic outcomes

Juliana Magro, Sara V Tabaei

Abstract


This case study describes the library’s experience of collaborating with an undergraduate Psychology Department at Touro College to integrate open textbooks into their program. We discuss the pedagogical changes as well as explore the impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) on students’ savings, their academic outcomes and perceptions of OER. Furthermore, we highlight the successes and shortcomings in having the library as a central OER partner. To measure the results, we surveyed students and conducted a faculty survey and a focus group, in addition to analyzing the students’ final grades. This pilot program delivered strong results. The students’ perception was very positive, and faculty’s opinions on the textbooks used were mixed. Some professors felt that the textbook lacked important content, but because of its openness, they added their own content to the book. Students enrolled in OER courses performed better than those enrolled in the same courses using a commercial textbook.


Keywords


OER; Open Educational Resources; Higher Education; Libraries; Psychology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.12.1.1007

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