OER Success Stories at Queen's
The three open textbooks that were funded in 2017/18 will save students a total of approximately $56,000 per year, according to estimates by last year’s authors.
The recipients of the 2017/18 funding (issued by the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group, supported by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning), shared these additional benefits of creating new open textbooks:
One of the benefits of creating the open text is enhancing student learning: In the classroom, our textbook will enable us to move beyond simple content delivery and use valuable instructional time to address more subtle and complex topics, often in a small group setting.
- Dr. Peter MacPherson, creator of an open QPeds Pediatrics Textbook
This also created an experiential learning opportunity: The $7,500 grant I received towards creating my new textbook has given me the opportunity to hire two students that have previously taken the course with me so that I may benefit from their insights and develop a text that better supports the active-learning elements of my course.
- Dr. Ryan Martin, creator of an open text for Introductory Physics: Building Models to Describe Our World
Benefits include addressing a gap in the textbook market: Psychology undergraduate programs are some of the most popular undergraduate degree programs, yet some students report not immediately seeing ways in which their training can translate to the workforce (Borden & Rajecki, 2000).
- Dr. Meghan Norris, creator of an open textbook for PSYC204: Applications and Careers in the Psychological Sciences
With textbooks being as expensive as they are, the costs pile up even more. Though most everyone feels the strain of this cost, it affects some more than others, which means that education is not as inclusive as it should be. Grants provided by Queen's enable textbooks to be created and distributed online at a low cost.
- Olivia Woodman
I think that creating more open access resources gives students a unique opportunity for professors and students to collaborate and clarify course concepts from different perspectives. Not only do OER’s create resources while training students, but they allow former students to actually make an impact in the course for future students.
- Emma Neary
For a complete list of successful projects from 2017/18, please see the article in the Queen’s Gazette.