The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
Evaluating the effectiveness of adopting open educational resources in an introductory American government course
Lawrence, Christopher N. and Lester, Julie A.

PublishedFebruary 2018
JournalJournal of Political Science Education
Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 555-566
PublisherRoutledge
CountryUnited States, North America

ABSTRACT
In this article, we present findings from a grant-funded initiative to replace traditional, proprietary textbooks with an open content textbook under a Creative Commons license in the introductory American government course (POLS 1101) at Middle Georgia State University. We find that the use of an open content textbook led to somewhat negative effects on student learning outcomes and student course satisfaction, although the associated lower textbook cost increased textbook accessibility to students. We conclude with some suggestions to those adopting textbooks in this course and to the wider discipline regarding measures that may lead to more unequivocally positive outcomes than those experienced in this study.

Keywords American government · general education · Open Educational Resources · textbooks

ISSN1551-2177
RefereedYes
RightsPublished with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC© 2018 Christopher N. Lawrence and Julie A. Lester This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
DOI10.1080/15512169.2017.1422739
Export optionsBibTex · EndNote · Tagged XML · Google Scholar



AVAILABLE FILES
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Adopting Open Educational Resources in an Introductory American Government Course.pdf · 701.6KB6 downloads



Viewed by 13 distinct readers




CLOUD COMMUNITY REVIEWS

The evaluations below represent the judgements of our readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cloud editors.

Click a star to be the first to rate this document


POST A COMMENT
SIMILAR RECORDS

The effectiveness of MOOC among learners based on Kirkpatrick's Model
Goh, Wei Wei; Wong, Seng Yue; Ayub, Enna; Tang, Siew Fun; Cheah, Swi Ee
Massive open online course (MOOCs) are transforming the era of distance learning education in a groundbreaking way that it has attracted a huge amount of attention from the media, education institutions, and education ...
Match: effectiveness

The effectiveness of Open Educational Resources in college calculus. A quantitative study
Kersey, Scott
We investigate Open Educational Resources (OER) in post-secondary Calculus with face-to-face instruction using web-based homework in a side-by-side comparison with Closed (Proprietary) Educational Resources (CER). ...
Match: effectiveness; Open Educational Resources; United States; North America

Effectiveness of OER use in first-year higher education students' mathematical course performance: A case study
Westermann Juárez, Werner; Venegas Muggli, Juan Ignacio; Hodgkinson-Williams, Cheryl; Arinto, Patricia B.
This chapter aims to understand the impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) on first-year mathematics students at the Instituto Profesional Providencia (IPP) in Santiago, Chile, where more than half (52%) of ...
Match: effectiveness; Open Educational Resources

Effects of open textbook adoption on teachers’ open practices
Mason, Stacie; Kimmons, Royce
The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand whether certain theoretical benefits that open educational resources (OER) might have on teacher practice were being realized by a group of secondary teachers ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; textbooks; United States; North America

Open textbooks and increased student access and outcomes
Feldstein, Andrew; Martin, Mirta; Hudson, Amy; Warren, Kiara; et al.
This study reports findings from a year-long pilot study during which 991 students in 9 core courses in the Virginia State University School of Business replaced traditional textbooks with openly licensed books and ...
Match: textbooks; United States; North America

Conversation is the key : A short history of smarthistory.org
Harris, Beth; Zucker, Steven
Smarthistory.org is a proven, sustainable model for open educational resources in the Humanities. We discuss lessons learned during its agile development. Smarthistory.org is a free, creative-commons licensed, ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; textbooks

Free to learn: An Open Educational Resources policy development guidebook for community college governance officials
Plotkin, Hal
Open Educational Resources (OER) offer higher education governance leaders a cost-efficient method of improving the quality of teaching and learning while at the same time reducing costs imposed on students related to ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; textbooks; United States; North America

Navigating OER: The library’s role in bringing OER to campus
I. Hess, Julia; Nann, Alejandra J.; Riddle, Kelly E.
In 2014, three librarians at the University of San Diego came together to explore open educational resources (OER). Coming from both technical services and digital collections, we were well-versed in the economic ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; textbooks

Open Educational Resources and student course outcomes: A multilevel analysis
Winitzky-Stephens, Jessie; Pickavance, Jason
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is Utah’s largest open enrollment college, and as an institution, is concerned about the expense associated with attaining a degree. All students face challenges in paying for their ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; textbooks; United States; North America

Looking at OER with a critical eye: Strengthening OER initiatives by focusing on student learning
Pierce, Matthew
This paper discusses aspects of adopting, adapting, and building Open Educational Resources (OER) that have the potential to influence student learning but are sometimes overlooked by OER advocates. The author makes ...
Match: Open Educational Resources; textbooks