Research Day 2018 Schedule

Event Title

Access to Course Materials in the Cohort: Survey Data on Student Purchasing Behaviors

Location

D1497

Start Date

4-6-2018 11:20 AM

End Date

4-6-2018 11:50 AM

Abstract

Student success is dependent upon having access to tools needed in the classroom. In the fall of 2017, a small group of faculty from various disciplines began meeting to discuss the issue of textbook accessibility on GSU’s campus. We shared various perspectives on potential areas of improvement. The group decided to begin by studying the problem by collecting data on textbook assess in the cohorts.

We have conducted two rounds of data collection. First, we provided a survey to instructors of sophomores in COMS1160 Public Discourse and freshman in ENG1000 in the 11th and 12th week of the Fall 2017 semester. Second, we provided surveys to instructors of freshman in ENG1000 and ENG1010 in week 5 of the Spring 2018 semester. We analyzed the results looking for percentages of students who had the text in some form versus those who did not have access to any text. Our results indicate that an overwhelming percentage of our students do not have access to course materials throughout the semester.

Our discussion will focus on an explanation of the goals of the project, the data collection process, our findings, and our next steps. We hope that this discussion will be enlightening for faculty of every program as they ponder course materials and barriers to access for their students

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Apr 6th, 11:20 AM Apr 6th, 11:50 AM

Access to Course Materials in the Cohort: Survey Data on Student Purchasing Behaviors

D1497

Student success is dependent upon having access to tools needed in the classroom. In the fall of 2017, a small group of faculty from various disciplines began meeting to discuss the issue of textbook accessibility on GSU’s campus. We shared various perspectives on potential areas of improvement. The group decided to begin by studying the problem by collecting data on textbook assess in the cohorts.

We have conducted two rounds of data collection. First, we provided a survey to instructors of sophomores in COMS1160 Public Discourse and freshman in ENG1000 in the 11th and 12th week of the Fall 2017 semester. Second, we provided surveys to instructors of freshman in ENG1000 and ENG1010 in week 5 of the Spring 2018 semester. We analyzed the results looking for percentages of students who had the text in some form versus those who did not have access to any text. Our results indicate that an overwhelming percentage of our students do not have access to course materials throughout the semester.

Our discussion will focus on an explanation of the goals of the project, the data collection process, our findings, and our next steps. We hope that this discussion will be enlightening for faculty of every program as they ponder course materials and barriers to access for their students