Dr. Jason Popan
About Dr. Popan
Dr. Jason Popan is a social psychologist with a research focus on the psychology of political intergroup relations and political participation. His teaching focus is primarily undergraduate and graduate statistics and research methods coursework in psychology.
Project and Experience
Dr. Popan adapted his Basic Statistics for Psychology course to use an open textbook and free statistical software. He was able to find a resource with a similar structure to the book he had previously used for his statistics course. He did not feel like it was a burden to make the switch to an open textbook. Several students have already reached out to Dr. Popan to thank him for using affordable resources. Their feedback has motivated him to make similar changes to his other courses.
Dr. Popan had an entirely positive experience redesigning his course to use open materials. He remarked that changing textbooks can sometimes be a burden, but in the case of his course redesign, the process was relatively seamless. He found that the availability, quality, and course compatibility of open textbooks has increased dramatically in recent years and he was grateful for the support and motivation from the librarians throughout the process.