INSTITUTIONS: Statistics and Support
Posting adoption statistics informs observing instructors about what and how their colleagues are applying an open textbook in the classroom. They also send a positive message to students–both current and potential–about the culture at their college, institute, or university.
The amount of information shared about each adoption depends on decisions made by an institution’s administration or open education authority; it may be guided by its strategic plan or, if available, open education policy. Some groups elect to post anonymized numbers that show the total number of instructors, institutions, savings, and students affected.
BCcampus also flags each book in its collection that has been adopted by at least one instructor in the province.
Other bodies choose to publish more detailed information. In these cases, permission from the adopting instructor is a good step.
University of British Columbia‘s Will Engle writes an annual OER adoption snapshot that summarizes UBC’s adoptions with definitions, student savings and impact, and strategic planning and support. A table listing all known adoptions by term, year, course name, enrollments (the largest course held over 2,000 students), and open textbook or other educational resource.
The University of Victoria provides an alphabetical and expandable list of courses for which open textbooks or OER are used.
Douglas College published a simple but comprehensive list of open textbook/OER adoptions for its Summer 2019 term listing the course name, section and instructor teaching the class.
Langara College has taken a multi-prong approach whereby adoption information is presented as overall usage according to student savings and number of course sections involved by fiscal year.
Crunch the numbers
Consider how to analyze your adoption statistics. For instance, you might examine them for trends by geography, course level and type, and term or semester. Use these numbers to promote courses that use open textbooks to students, programs that incorporate open textbooks partly or fully (see ZTC Programs), and open textbooks authored by the institution’s faculty or published by its local press.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, home to six ZTC programs, put its adoption stats to work using several bar graphs to point out how its ZTC initiatives saved students money and other positive results.