At Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) from 2011-2013, 698 students participated in Psychology and Math courses that adopted open textbooks and other OER. At an average cost of $100 per textbook, this resulted in a savings of $69,800 for students. During the same period, on average, completion with a C or better improved by 10.6% for all students, and by 15.0% for PELL-eligible students. In the Psychology course, retention increased by 15% and success increased by 26.7%. In the Math course, retention increased from 63% to 69% and success increased from 23% to 31%. Read TC3's OER Playbook.
Led by the library director at Monroe Community College (MCC), Mark McBride, multiple SUNY campuses are participating in an Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG) project to design and deploy a library service model to increase faculty participation in SUNY Open Educational Resources (OER) and improve OER adoption system- wide. The purpose of the project is to build on the traditional strengths of SUNY campus libraries by supporting faculty in OER discovery and adoption. The new service model will give faculty access to discovery tools through SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions and Lumen Learning; modularize and improve interoperability and multimedia in the collection of existing Open SUNY textbooks and embed assessments in OER courses. Project outcomes will increase OER adoption, improve OER alignment with course learning outcomes, and increase student completion and success in OER courses. Campuses participating in the project are: the University of Buffalo, Geneseo, Brockport, Buffalo, Environmental Science and Forestry, Suffolk CC, Fulton-Montgomery CC, Tompkins Cortland CC, Herkimer CC, Clinton CC, and Corning CC. The project's industry partner is Lumen Learning.
Highlights of the IITG project activities on specific campuses are below:
Monroe Community College has introduced OER into all their First Year Experience (FYE) courses. These courses enroll an average of 2500 students per year. Before adopting OER, the cost for learning resources was $140 per student. As of Fall 2015, students pay between $18 & $25 for the required print materials for each class. The savings are total nearly $300,000!
MCC is featured in the Bloomberg TV feature "Startups Tackling High Price of College Textbooks."
Corning Community College has launched an initiative to guide faculty teaching Freshman Composition 1 and Public Speaking to take the first steps in locating, evaluating, editing, and integrating OER in Fall Semester, 2015. In Spring semester 2016 they will deploy trial OER sections of these courses and measure student access, retention and success. The faculty involved are Ryan Hersha, Martha Gold and Erin Wilburn.
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