Survey Instructions

We have identified you as a participant in this survey because you are taking a Zero Textbook Cost course using Open Educational Resources. All of the questions in this survey refer to your experiences in THIS COURSE unless otherwise noted.

*zero-textbook cost means the textbook and/or other required reading materials were free to use. If you believe that your course was a traditional course with a regular, for-cost textbook, please don't take this survey. Thanks!

Question Title

* 1. Title of Research Study: ZTC Student Experience Survey

Principal Investigator: Shawna M. Brandle, PhD,
Associate Professor, Kingsborough Community College
Co-Investigators:
Sheila Beck, MLS, Associate Professor, Queensborough Community College; Amy Beth, Chief Librarian, Guttman Community College; Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, PhD, Professor, Kingsborough Community College; Caileen Cooney, MLIS, Assistant Professor, New York City College of Technology; Jacqueline M. DiSanto, EdD, Associate Professor, Hostos Community College; Anne Hays, MLIS, Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island; Stacy Katz, MLIS, Instructor, Lehman College; Linda Miles, PhD, Assistant Professor, Hostos Community College; Abigail Morrison, MSW, Academic Operations Director, CUNY School of Professional Studies


1. You are being asked to participate in this research study because you recently completed a Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) course. If you agree to participate, we will ask you to complete the following anonymous survey. The survey is designed to assess students' experiences with taking Zero Textbook Cost courses using Open Educational Resources (free textbook and course materials). The results of this survey will be published openly (which means that all answers, except for “Name of Professor,” will be included anonymously in a file shared on CUNY Academic Works), analyzed in research publications, and/or presented at academic conferences, but individual survey respondents will in no way be identified in the data file on CUNY Academic Works, or in any publications or presentations resulting from the study.

A. Your participation in this project is voluntary. You understand that you will not be paid for your participation. You may withdraw and discontinue participation at any time without penalty. Answers will not be saved unless you hit submit.

B. The survey will last approximately 6-8 minutes.

C. Your participation in this survey is completely anonymous. Your professors will NOT have access to your answers until after your final grades have been submitted, nor will they ever know if you filled out the survey. Your participation will NOT impact your grade in this course. Likewise, researchers will NOT have a way to contact you.

D. If you have any questions about you rights as a research participant or would like to speak with someone other than the researcher, you can contact the CUNY Research Compliance Administrator at (646) 664-8918.

E. You have read and understand the explanation provided to you. You voluntarily agree to participate in this study.

If you have any questions, you can email Shawna M. Brandle at shawna.brandle@kbcc.cuny.edu.

I have read the above information, declare that I am over the age of 18, and I consent to take part in the study.

Question Title

* 2. Please select which CUNY campus you attend

Question Title

* 3. Please list the name of the course are you taking as Zero Textbook Cost (OER)

Question Title

* 4. Please list the name of the professor teaching the Zero Textbook Cost (OER) course

Question Title

* 5. What type of course is this?

Question Title

* 6. When did you first access the textbook or materials for this course?

Question Title

* 7. Where did you do your work (reading, writing, studying, etc) for this course?

Question Title

* 8. What technology did you mostly use to access the course materials (readings, textbook, videos, etc) for this course? Select all that apply.

Question Title

* 9. Compared to most other courses you've taken, how would you rate access to the materials for this course?

Question Title

* 10. How much of the required reading/viewing (including texts, videos, podcasts, etc) for this course were you able to do?

Question Title

* 11. How much of the material did you print?

Question Title

* 12. If you printed the material, why did you print it (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 13. Do you think you learn as well with digital materials as you do with paper textbooks?

Question Title

* 14. What were the benefits of the open/free materials used in this course?

Question Title

* 15. What were the drawbacks of the open/free materials used in this course?

Question Title

* 16. Would you recommend a course using zero-cost materials like those offered in this course to other students?

T