Open Textbook Workshop Report 2.5

By | June 29, 2017

This report updates Open Textbook Workshop Report #2. It includes new data from Fall 2016 workshop participants.

The 6 workshops held in Fall 2015 resulted in 66 textbook reviews published in the Open Textbook Library. 6 months after the workshop, there were 22 confirmed open textbook adoptions, and an estimated $110,600 in student savings during Winter and Spring 2016. Surveying those faculty again one year after the workshop, there were 10 additional confirmed open textbook adoptions, and a cumulative estimated savings of $390,000 from the Fall 2015 workshops to date.

In 2016, 11 more Open Textbook Workshops were offered at 9 colleges and attended by 151 faculty. The workshops resulted in 111 textbook reviews published in the Open Textbook Library, 36 confirmed open textbook adoptions, and an estimated $217,700 in student savings to date.

By the numbers

Total program costs through 2016 $43,216.72
Estimated student savings to date $607,700
Student savings per dollar spent $14.06
Faculty participants who wrote reviews 71%
Faculty participants who adopted open textbooks within 2 quarters of the workshop 23%
Faculty participants who adopted open textbooks within 4 quarters of the workshop 27%
Faculty reviewers who adopted open textbooks 38%

Takeaways

  • Saving students $14.06 for each program dollar spent is an outstanding return in comparison to other kinds of OER activities (such as offering faculty stipends to adapt or create open course materials).
  • The weak link in this type of assessment is incomplete data, which raises the possibility that savings are underestimated.
  • Faculty don’t always teach a course within 2 quarters of taking the workshop. Some initial “no” responses can more accurately be classified as “not yet” because they intend to adopt during the coming academic year.

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