Authoring open education resources provides instructors with the flexibility and autonomy to create content that meets their students’ needs and learning outcomes. This simultaneously addresses the accessibility and affordability inequalities created by the traditional textbook industry. However, some instructors are hesitant to create open resources due to lack of knowledge on content creation, concerns about the time commitment, or the perception that open materials are subpar compared to traditional textbooks.
This presentation provides a data-driven approach that seeks encourage new open education professional to author open materials. It will cover data that speaks to the effects of authoring and using open resources on undergraduate students’ learning retention, their ability to apply classroom concepts to real world situations, and overall academic performance. The presentation will also discuss student feedback about learning with open materials. The audience will learn about content creation strategies and methods to assess student engagement with open materials. The overall goal is to motivate professionals to contribute to the open education movement through authorship.