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Tuesday, April 24 • 16:10 - 16:35
OER Use and Community College Students Approaches to Deep Learning

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Open Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to bridge the gap for community college students not only because they are more affordable or provide access but also because they have the potential to make learning more meaningful for these same students. Although issues related to access and affordability have been extensively researched, less is known related to the conditions under which courses that incorporate OER foster deep learning approaches among community college students. In this presentation, the researcher will discuss initial findings of a qualitative research study conducted at a large, urban community college in the U.S. The researcher used focus group data to examine the ways in which student use of OER contributed to their approaches to deep learning in their college courses. The focus group data will describe the experiences and perceptions of these community college students enrolled in courses which use OER and investigate the ways in which use of OER fosters approaches to deep learning in these same students. Previous OER efficacy studies have employed quantitative methods, examining metrics such as pass rates, grades, retention, future course enrollment, and time to completion. In contrast, this qualitative study uses thick description of students’ use of OER and students’ learning processes in community college courses to discover the ways in which use of OER contributes to deep learning. This research was conducted as part of a dissertation. Preliminary findings were not available at the time of the deadline for proposal submissions. More qualitative research from the students’ point of view is needed in the field of Open Education, and so it is hoped that this qualitative study fills that gap and opens the door for future qualitative research studies on OER efficacy and student learning.

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Kim Grewe

Instructional Designer/Curriculum Developer/Online Course Facilitator (PD), Northern Virginia Community College
I am an educator, scholar, online learning enthusiast, and champion of Open Education. With teaching experience from middle school to community college, I bring a myriad of skills and career's worth of perspective to my online course design and work with faculty in online professional... Read More →

Tuesday April 24, 2018 16:10 - 16:35 CEST