Post from John Gibson, Business & IT Faculty, Glendale Community College, Arizona.
This is my 3rd semester teaching an OER-based “Introduction to Business” course. The impact was immediate. When I asked my students on the first day how they liked having a free textbook, there was widespread and enthusiastic applause to start the class. How often does that happen? They appreciated the easy access to their textbook that first day. Even though a third of them were not sure about using digital materials and another third thought they needed a print copy, it required a little training and for each person to consider and experiment with what learning approach best worked for them. But by the end of class 96% said they would suggest this approach for future classes. 2% decided to print the textbook from our PDF file.