Their presentation centered on the creation of an open educational resources (OER) text in four Boise State courses: visual culture, web design, communication research, and young adult literature. These courses satisfy undergraduate requirements or are integral to the programs for which the OER texts are being designed. The workshop at OpenEd17 focused on the search for resources and the unexpected obstacles and opportunities encountered in the development of these OER texts.
The traditional texts required for these courses have likely been sold back in the past, even though the ideas and concepts may serve useful for the student in future academic endeavors. Undergraduate populations at Boise State in general are often financially unprepared for the cost of traditional textbooks and other fees they encounter while attending college, those costs are often a significant factor in the ability of a student to continue to be successful in their college career. Other groups in the student population, like veterans and first generation students, may find the cost of texts to be particularly challenging. These factors were the primary impetus behind this panel’s decision to adopt and/or develop OER text alternatives, which could be offered at no cost to the students from the first day of instruction or earlier.
If you are interested in using OER in your course, please go to the IDEA Shop’s website for more information at ctl.boisestate.edu/idea/teaching-with-tech/oer.