ERIC Number: EJ1191822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Adopting Open Educational Resources in an Introductory American Government Course
Lawrence, Christopher N.; Lester, Julie A.
Journal of Political Science Education, v14 n4 p555-566 2018
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.
Descriptors: State Universities, Shared Resources and Services, Access to Information, College Students, Outcomes of Education, Student Satisfaction, Costs, Introductory Courses, United States Government (Course), Political Science
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia