HBCU Summit: Assessing the Impacts of OER on Student Academic Achievement and Student Satisfaction in Biology and Environmental Science Courses
Concurrent Session 3
3:30pm - 4:15pm: Assessing the Impacts of OER on Student Academic Achievement and Student Satisfaction in Biology and Environmental Science Courses
Shirma Ramroop-Butts, Bethune Cookman University
Sarah Krejci, Bethune Cookman University
General education science courses traditionally pose a strong challenge to students outside the sciences. Particularly freshmen students struggling to adapt to the campus experience and taking their first college-level lab course often don’t demonstrate their true academic strength and often fail to purchase the required textbook which is often due to financial limitations or the lack of motivation in non-major students purchasing a book for a course outside their disciplines. Providing Open Education Resources reduces the impact of financial stresses and mitigates the excuses from students unwilling to purchase a non-major textbook. Professors have tracked the impact of OER resources in Biology courses on multiple measures of student success including academic achievement and student satisfaction.