Open Educational Resources

STAT 310: Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences

Elizabeth Zapata's Open Educational Resources Adoption Portrait

Abstract: These open course materials are being utilized in a Statistics course for undergraduate students by Elizabeth Zapata at Cal State East Bay. These resources provide students with different ways to engage with free material that are available through certain vendors, textbook publisher and our library . The main motivation to adopt free resources is to increase student success while lessening the financial burden of the cost of course materials . All student access the open these materials through our learning management system, Blackboard and software is accessible through our virtual platforms.

COOLforED is a service of the California State University-MERLOT program.
Partial funding provided by the State of California, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundationand the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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About the Resources

Description: Financial challenges can be faced by students of all backgrounds. Affordable learning materials are just one way to "level the playing field" so that all students have access to the exact same level of materials for the class.

Formats: Lectures are shared via PowerPoint presentations are used in this course as well as webpages, supplemental videos and digital textbook chapters. These resources can be downloaded to students personal devices as well.

Supplemental resources: The main sources of come from the free textbook, An Introductions to Psychological Statistics from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Excel, SPSS, Minitab and Word are also utilized in this course but are offered for free through CSUEB.

Cost savings: This course is zero cost to students and has saved an average of $45 per student for textbooks and over $2,000 in software savings.

Accessibility and diversity statement: Accessibility of course materials is very important in order to create an inclusive course. All videos have captioning and all documents and images in the course are fully accessible with the use of the Blackboard Ally tool. 

About the Course

Course Number: STAT 310: Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences

Description:  Standard scores, t-scores, the normal distribution and its uses, hypothesis testing and estimation for means, paired comparisons, independent means, and analysis of variance. Linear regression and correlation. Uses of chi-squared. Introduction to design of experiments. Use of computer packages.

Prerequisites: STAT 100

GE credit: N/A

Syllabus available here: Here is a link to the course syllabus. 

Learning outcomes:
1. Apply basic computational skill 

2. Communicate statistical results to others

3. Analyze data using appropriate statistical software and to interpret results.

4 . select and use appropriate statistical software 

5. Communicate statistical results to others all in respect to descriptive statistics, graphical displays, hypothesis testing and estimation, modeling and error analysis.

Curricular changes:The course objectives stayed the same but some activities did shift in order to utilize the free components of the textbook.

Teaching and learning impacts:
Collaborate more with other faculty : Yes, I was able to work closely with faculty and instructional designers at CSUEB 

Use wider range of teaching materials: Yes.

Student learning improved : I hope so!

Student retention improved : Unsure

Any unexpected results:N/A

Sample assignment: Coming soon!

OER Adoption

OER Adoption Process

The cost of college and the materials required can be prohibitive for many students. Affordable course materials can help students avoid having to choose between groceries and course materials.

Student access: Students are provided with a free, digital version of the textbook, all supplemental information and the required software (Excel, SPSS, Minitab and Word).

Student Feedback: Students have reported that they often do not purchase books and materials because of the cost. They have told me how much they appreciate the free book and access to software.


Elizabeth Zapata 

I teach multiple courses in the Statistics Department at the Cal State East Bay. I teach Statistics for Everyday Life, Statistics for Social Sciences and Elementary Statistics & Probability courses.

Teaching Philosophy: Relevant examples and connecting academic work to real-world issues is, to me, the secret to student engagement. I discussed the free option with my department chair, he was very supported. I also discussed it with the chair of the Psychology department, who was also very supportive.