Recent studies show that Open Educational Resources (OER) may have an impact on student success. The UHCC has adopted OER as a strategy to support student success by reducing educational costs for students. In step with national trends, a Spring 2015 survey of students at Leeward CC revealed that fifty-five percent of the 987 respondents had chosen, at least once, not to purchase a required textbook due to cost. A 2014 Babson OER report showed that cost is the least important factor when faculty select teaching resources; proven efficacy is the most important factor for faculty. The report also shows that 73.4% of the faculty feel OER is either superior or equivalent in quality to traditional resources. Based on recent studies, it appears that OERs have a positive impact on student completion, retention, and achievement.
Kapiolani CC Librarians, Susan Kazama and Sunyeen Pai, and Leeward CC Librarian, Wayde Oshiro, shared the results of recent studies examining the impact of OER and student success with attendees at the 7th Hawaii Strategy Institute on March 4-5 at Kapiolani Community College. A list of the referenced studies is available at the end of the presentation.
On May 4, Kapiolani Community College’s Faculty Senate and Student Congress sponsored a forum on Open Educational Resources at UH. We covered some of the basic concepts of OER and had a lively discussion about concerns and ways to support implementation at UH. Here is the slideshow, which you may wish to download to get the links to work: OER-talk-forum-May4.