I have studied a range of courses as a student over the years and when considering what modules lend themselves best to the development of an Open Textbook, co-created by staff and students I find myself with two conflicting options and I will discuss these now, identifying some strengths and weaknesses as I see them.
This is the sometimes slightly derogatory name given an introductory module often studied first by students on a degree programme. In the case of psychology, it often includes much of the content covered in A-level Psychology, which is not typically required to gain entry to a psychology degree. The module would normally cover a wide range of topics, each in quite a shallow manner to give the new student a sense of the range of areas psychology plays a role in and a solid foundation of study later on. These kinds of modules are often assessed with standard assessment approaches like multiple choice questions and essays.
Pros of creating an Open Textbook for Psy101:
Cons of creating an Open Textbook for Psy101:
Openness and Innovation in Elearning
So this is, of course, the module I am currently studying. This module is aimed at post-graduate students studying for an MA in Online and Distance Education. The module has quite a specific focus and the assessments in place at the moment are quite open in the sense that there is some scope for learners to choose a specific context.
Pros of creating an Open Textbook for H817:
Cons of creating an Open Textbook for H817
I think for any course there will be pros and cons and exactly how well it goes will depend on individual cohorts of students so it will always be a challenge. It also sounds as though it would be a lot of work so any attempt at this must be realised year on year.