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Opening up to OERs: Electronic original sourcebook versus traditional textbook in the introduction to American Government Course
Brandle, Shawna M.

PublishedFebruary 2018
JournalJournal of Political Science Education
Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 535-554
PublisherRoutledge
CountryUnited States, North America

ABSTRACT
Traditional American Government textbooks are expensive and often unpopular with students. New technologies and Open Educational Resources (OERs) open up the potential for change, but questions of quality are ever present: can OERs really help students learn better, or are they just cheaper? I developed an OER based on original sources and compared student learning outcomes with the OER section to those in a free digital textbook section. While the OER I created did not work as well as I had hoped, I nonetheless developed a redesign of my course and my approach to teaching, which is the true benefit of adopting OERs.

Keywords OER · Open Educational Resources · political science education · teaching American government · textbook

RefereedYes
RightsTaylor & Francis
DOI10.1080/15512169.2017.1420482
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