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Open Education Resources (OERs): Student Survey

A Guide to OERs: Their implementation and Evaluation.

Textbook Cost and Impact Questionnaire

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 this survey taken every semester of students attitudes and experiences with high-cost textbooks and the impact of these resources on their academic achievement.

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.

Textbook purchase and use behavior:

1.  Have you ever rented a textbook instead of buying it?

[Yes, No]

2.  Do you prefer to buy used books when available instead of new textbooks?

[Yes, No]

3.  How often do you rely on library course reserves instead of buying a textbook?  

[always, often, sometimes, rarely, never]

4.  How often do you sell your textbooks at the end of the semester?  

[always, often, sometimes, rarely, never]

5.  Do you always buy all textbooks required by your professor?

[always, often, sometimes, rarely, never]

6. Have you ever not purchased a textbook because it was too expensive?

[Yes, No]

7.  Do you always purchase textbooks at the beginning of the semester?

[Yes, No]

8. Do you ever wait until later in the semester to purchase textbooks when you can afford them? [Yes, No]

9.  Have you ever purchased a textbook that you ended up not needing?

[Yes, No]

10.  Approximately how much will you spend on textbooks this semester?

  1. $0-$250,
  2. $251-$500,
  3. $501-$750,
  4. $751-$1000,
  5. $1000-$1250,
  6. 1251-$1500,
  7. $1500 or more

Textbook cost and accessibility impact assessment:

10.  Do you believe your grades have ever suffered because you could not afford

a textbook?

[Yes, No]

11.  Have you ever taken fewer courses because you could not afford required books?

[Yes, No]

12.  Have you ever withdrawn from a course because you could not afford a required text?

[Yes, No]

13.  Have you ever thought of withdrawing from school because the cost of textbooks was unsustainable?

[Yes, No]

Preference for Alternatives to Print Textbooks:

14.  Do you wish there was a low-cost or free alternative to required texts?

[Yes, No]

15.  Would you use a digital textbook if it were free?

[Yes, No]

16.  Would you prefer digital textbooks instead of print textbooks regardless of price?

[Yes, No]

17.  Do you have a personal desktop/laptop computer or other internet accessible device?

[Yes, No]

[Display Logic .  If 17 = no, display Q18}

18, Do you rely on the university computer labs for computer use and internet access? [Yes, No]

[Display all]

19.  Would you find it too difficult to complete assigned readings from an online textbook?

[Yes, No]

[Display Logic – if Q 19 = yes, display Q20}

20.  please specify

[Narrative response]

{display all]

Basic background information:

21.  What is your class standing:

  1. Undergraduate
  2. Post-Bacc certificate
  3. Masters
  4. Doctoral

22.  [Display logic -If 21 = a, please select from the following:]

23-25 [Select from scroll down menus]

26.  Are you a full time student or part-time student?

[Part time, Full time]

27.  What year are you?

01 = first-year undergraduate– freshman-normally <30 credits earned

02 = second-year undergraduate – sophomore-normally >=30 and <60 credits earned

03 = third-year undergraduate – junior-normally >=60 and <90 credits earned

04 = fourth-year and beyond undergraduate – senior-normally >=90 credits earned

07 = non-degree seeking undergraduate student

05 = first-year graduate - less than 1 full year of study

06 = one or more full years of graduate

08 = non-degree seeking graduate student

28.  What is your gender




29.  Select  your age range:  

[18-22, 23-27, 28 – 32, 33- 37, 38 and above]

30.  Enter any other comments:  

[Narrative response]

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