Open Textbooks: Quality and Relevance for Postsecondary Study in The Bahamas

The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

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Field Value
 
Title Open Textbooks: Quality and Relevance for Postsecondary Study in The Bahamas
 
Creator Bethel, Edward
 
Subject open educational resources
textbooks
access
quality
relevance
 
Description Open educational resources (OER), are openly licensed text, media, and other digital and analog assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and research. Recent research has shown that in courses where open textbooks are assigned, students perform as well as or better than students in similar courses with commercially licensed textbooks. Despite cost savings and demonstrated effectiveness, perceptions about quality, relevance, ease of access, and other concerns persist. The objectives of this study were twofold: (a) to develop a practical and reusable measure for evaluating open textbook quality in terms of pedagogy, openness, accessibility, and relevance; and (b) to use the measure to rate the quality and relevance of open textbooks for use in higher education in The Bahamas. The study confirmed the viability of the quality measure as a practical tool to assess open resources and found that the open textbooks studied were accessible and well matched to course content, but of varying quality. More study is needed to explore ways to increase faculty adoption, use, adaption and production of OER.
 
Publisher Athabasca University Press
 
Date 2020-04-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed, double-blind
 
Format text/html
application/epub+zip
application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/4598
10.19173/irrodl.v21i2.4598
 
Source The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning; Vol. 21 No. 2 (2020); 61-80
1492-3831
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/4598/5307
http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/4598/5320
http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/4598/5321
 
Rights http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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