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What impacts do OER have on students? Students share their experiences with a health psychology OER at New York City College of Technology
PublishedJune 2017
Type of workSpecial Issue: Outcomes of Openness: Empirical Reports on the Implementation of OER
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 155-178
LocationAthabasca, AB

ABSTRACT
This article reports findings from a study conducted with students in three sections of a Health Psychology course that replaced a traditional textbook with open educational resources (OER) as the primary course material. The purpose of the study was to learn how OER impacted students. Data were collected in Fall 2015 with students from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), of the City University of New York (CUNY), a comprehensive college located in Brooklyn. Students were assigned the OER by their course instructor, who developed it as part of a library funded OER pilot initiative. Two research instruments were employed: one-on-one interviews and short surveys. Both interview and survey items asked students about how they engaged with the OER as their primary assigned course material. They shared feedback about the overall organization of the OER, ease of use, methods used to access the OER and complete coursework, benefits and challenges, and differences and similarities to using a traditional print textbook.Findings indicate that most students were able to access the OER more easily than traditional textbooks and responded positively to the variety of learning materials and assignments the OER assembled. Most students reported that course readings were equal to or better than traditional textbooks and would be willing to register for a course offering a similar resource in the future. A small amount of students reported minor usability issues. Also, few students had difficulties obtaining technology necessary to access the OER.

Keywords student feedback · Open Educational Resources · open education · open digital pedagogy · OER · evaluation · assessment

ISSN1492-3831
Other number4
RefereedYes
Rightsby/4.0
DOI10.19173/irrodl.v18i4.3111
URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3111
File3111-24058-1-PB.pdf
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