Project Title

Assessing Student Engagement with an Open Educational Resources in Technical Communication: A Case Study Using Google Analytics

Disciplines

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Online and Distance Education | Other Education

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The financial burden of purchasing course textbooks leaves many college students unprepared for class. One more reocurring solution to this problem is the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs), which have demonstrated similar educational value to traditional textbooks. However, it is still unclear how often and effectively students utilize these resources. This study seeks to address this gap by collecting data from Google Analytics on a free online textbook. These results suggest that while OERs may be a viable solution, more research is needed to understand how to better promote and integrate their use.The findings reveal that the majority of students did not access the OER, with only a small number consulting it for exams or assignments, and an even smaller number accessing it regularly.

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Technical Communication and Interactive Design

Primary Investigator (PI) Name

Jonathan Arnett

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Assessing Student Engagement with an Open Educational Resources in Technical Communication: A Case Study Using Google Analytics

The financial burden of purchasing course textbooks leaves many college students unprepared for class. One more reocurring solution to this problem is the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs), which have demonstrated similar educational value to traditional textbooks. However, it is still unclear how often and effectively students utilize these resources. This study seeks to address this gap by collecting data from Google Analytics on a free online textbook. These results suggest that while OERs may be a viable solution, more research is needed to understand how to better promote and integrate their use.The findings reveal that the majority of students did not access the OER, with only a small number consulting it for exams or assignments, and an even smaller number accessing it regularly.