Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Educational Research and Methods
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, open licensed materials that can include text, media, or other digital formats and are created for teaching, learning, and supporting research. One of the obvious benefits to OER is a reduced cost to students. The skyrocketing cost of tuition and textbooks makes attending college impossible for a large percentage of Americans, predominantly within the underrepresented minority groups in engineering. OER has see more wide-spread adoption in the Humanities and Social Sciences due to the need for incorporating current topics or the use of classical works of fiction that are in the public domain. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields have seen a much lower rate of adoption. Part of this lower adoption rate can be attributed to the dependence on the peer review process and the tradition of lecturing from a known and standard textbook. This study is a first attempt at incorporating OER into an engineering course, specifically in a Sophomore level Materials Science course in a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program. In a comparison across multiple sections with the use of both OER and a traditional textbook, the results show the same or improved student educational outcomes. The results also show higher student satisfaction and course quality through the significant cost savings and exposure to more resources that are relevant and more applicable to their future courses and expected roles in their future careers.
Behbahanian, A., & Davis, E. L., & Roberts, N. A. (2018, June), Open Educational Resources in the Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum: A Materials Science Case Study Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30849
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