From Learning to Earning: Reducing Instructional Material Costs With Technology and Innovation


“From Learning to Earning: Reducing Instructional Materials Costs with Technology and Innovation” is funded by a Department of Education 2023 Open Textbook Pilot (OTP) program Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant award. Decreases in student enrollment, precipitated by the global pandemic have directed attention by administrators on how affordable learning solutions such as Open Educational Resources (OER), and Open Educational Pedagogy (OEP) can be utilized by faculty to address what Colvard et al. (2018) refers to as the three most important concerns in higher education: academic quality, affordability, and high degree completion rates for students. Research on OER/OEP has demonstrated that performance gaps have narrowed, and failure/withdrawal rates have been reduced in some contexts, (Winitzky-Stephens & Pickavance, 2017), however, more attention is needed to ensure that culturally relevant content and pedagogy are an integral part of OER/OEP course adoption. Educators must be mindful to avoid solely replicating Eurocentric content and pedagogies in their OER/OEP selection. From our survey data, we highlight the impact of OER/OEP on student retention and success, with a focus on low-income and underrepresented minority student populations that we serve. We examine student academic motivation, engagement, and stress. We consider the resources that are necessary to provide students with equitable access to learning and examine what OER offers students who experience limited access to technology to learn. Our internal campus-wide survey illustrated some of the challenges and benefits of using OER/OEP for students with a pathway from learning to earning within the workforce.

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Elaine Correa, California State University, Bakersfield, United States
Alexander Reid, California State University, Bakersfield, United States

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Teaching and Learning

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Correa E., & Reid A. (2024) From Learning to Earning: Reducing Instructional Material Costs With Technology and Innovation ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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