C. Edward Watson was interviewed in a Teaching in Higher Ed podcast about his research when he was at the University of Georgia where he conducted a study about OER and equity.
Quote around the 19-20 minute mark:
“We found that course grades improved at greater rates for nonwhite students and Pell eligible students. In other words, those that we thought that a free textbook would help. Those folks really saw a difference. We also saw significant decreases in DFW rates, a greater rates for nonwhite and Pell eligible students. In fact, looking just at those subgroups, we saw DFW rates drop by a third. So, it really is sort of the notion that that OERs are doing more to make the classroom more equitable, more fair. “
OpenCon 2017 Panel Presentation
Panelists: Denisse Albornoz, Siko Bouterse, Mboa Nkoudou Thomas, Tara Robertson.
Notes on this session available at: bit.ly/DEIOpenCon
Who is best suited to control textbooks: the faculty or the publishers? There are ways to make sure it is the faculty.
Source: Open Textbook Publishing | AAUP
Joe Moxley writes: Rather than working as employees on by-the-piece rates for global companies like Pearson, faculty members can assume the role of publishers. . . . We need to realize our power as authors and publishers. Working collaboratively, we can create dynamic teaching and learning environments.
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