Title

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions

Keywords

Open educational resources, Computers in education, Textbooks, Financing education

Abstract

Textbooks are a vital component in many higher education contexts. Increasing textbook prices, coupled with general rising costs of higher education have led some instructors to experiment with substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercial textbooks as their primary class curriculum. This article synthesizes the results of 16 studies that examine either (1) the influence of OER on student learning outcomes in higher education settings or (2) the perceptions of college students and instructors of OER. Results across multiple studies indicate that students generally achieve the same learning outcomes when OER are utilized and simultaneously save significant amounts of money. Studies across a variety of settings indicate that both students and faculty are generally positive regarding OER.

Original Publication Citation

John Hilton III. “Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions.” Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(4) pp. 573-590 (2016).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-02-19

Publisher

SpringerLink

Language

English

College

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Department

Technology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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