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Wednesday, October 20 • 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Undergraduate Student Experience With A Campus-Wide Transition To Free Resources

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In the summer of 2020, in response to the global pandemic and with a desire to alleviate student concern over textbook expenses, a university in central Appalachia shifted from paid, publisher materials to course content free to students. Over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, members of the University staff collected data on students' expected interactions with the resources, perceptions on performance, and actual engagement and performance with these resources. Collected through surveys at the end of each term, this longitudinal data sought to determine how student anticipated engagement and performance matched their actual experience during the year, as well as if their experience with free materials changed over time. This presentation shares data collected through a survey given at the beginning of fall 2020 and surveys completed after each 8-week term. Presenters will also discuss pitfalls to implementation, student expected textbook costs prior to the initiative, and how the University mitigated concern on the part of faculty.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Discover how students anticipate free course resources will impact their engagement with material and overall performance
  • Explain the reported impact of free course resources on student engagement with material and student performance
  • Determine how students self-reported engagement with materials and its impact on their performance change over time

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Eric Werth

Professional Development Manager, University of Pikeville
I am the Professional Development Manager at the University of Pikeville, where I work on campus-wide initiatives aimed and improving student learning in face-to-face, blended, and online courses and research into open education. Specifically, my research has focused on motivation... Read More →
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Katherine Williams

Professional Development Educator, University of Pikeville
I am the Professional Development Educator at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY. My current research at the institution focuses on Open Pedagogy and OER-enabled Pedagogy as means to promote equity in learning, particularly when looked through the lens of Critical Pedagogy... Read More →

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Wednesday October 20, 2021 12:00pm - 12:25pm EDT
Room F