I developed ENH114 (African-American Literature) as an online course that uses primarily OERs (Open Education Resources, which are free, online resources that can be used and shared.) I am interested in finding out how this approach works for students -- on the plus side, it will save them money and insure that they have access to course materials when they need them. However, I want to see how the use of OERs seems to be going -- how effective this approach is, and whether there are any issues.
I will be assessing students reactions to the modules; I will also be including brief survey of their reactions to specific materials. In this way, I hope to get a preliminary idea of how the OERs are going over, which type of OERs the students preferred, and any issues that crop up.
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the results of my pilot. The class went very smoothly, and students seemed quite comfortable with the OER approach. 90% of the students surveyed said they preferred the cost-saving OER work, even though they felt it caused them some extra work!
I plan to tweak the course to increase its effectiveness.