Richardson Library's "OERs@HBCUs" project is oriented around understanding how the cost of course materials, textbooks especially, affects access to education and academic performance; and how libraries can facilitate the evaluation, use and creation of alternatives to high-cost resources like OERs. The project includes a survey taken every semester of students attitudes and experiences with high-cost textbooks and the impact of these resources on their academic achievement.
This survey represents a complement to the student survey about and evaluates faculty attitude on the same themes.
The data collected by these surveys will enable Richardson Library to make informed decisions about outreach and support for no- and low-cost alternatives to high-price education resources; and allow us to contribute to a body of knowledge about education and achievement at HBCUs in general.
This section evaluates faculty opinions regarding textbook cost and how textbooks are chosen in different departments.
This Section evaluates knowledge about OERS to help Richardson Libraries understand how they can promote open resources to faculty.
This section evaluates faculty expectations about Librarians and their role in facilitating OER adoption.
To collect basic information about faculty respondents.
If 3 = "I do" Then continue to 4
Covers the subjects I wish to teach
Proven to improve student performance
Used by other course faculty members
Supplemental online teaching resources
NOTE: OER is defined as "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others." Unlike traditionally copyrighted material, these resources are available for "open" use, which means users can edit, modify, customize, and share them.
I am not aware of OERs
I have heard of OER, but don't know much about them
I am somewhat aware of OER but I am not sure how they can be used
I am aware of OER and some of their uses
I am very aware of OER and know how they can be used in the classroom
College Open Textbooks
Global Textbook Project
IF 10 = NO THEN continue to 11
IF 10 = YES THEN continue to 12
Too difficult to integrate into technology I use
Not enough resources for my subject
Too hard to find what I need
Not knowing if I have permission to use or change
Not used by other faculty I know
Not effective at improving student performance
Not relevant to my local context
Too difficult to use
Too difficult to change or edit
No comprehensive list
Not enough time
Lack of support from my institution
Other (please specify)
Not at all
PART III ROLE OF RICHARDSON LIBRARY IN FACILITATING OER USE
Present information on licensing and copyright to help you understand proper use of OER
Provide OER through library resources
Curate subject-specific OER and publish on a website
Serve as subject specialists (librarians assigned to department)
Other (please specify)
Low/no cost open educational textbooks
Library online videos
Open access journal articles
I have already done so
[18-25, 26-30, 31 – 35, 36- 40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60, 61-65, 66-70, 71 and above]