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Open Educational Resources

This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Open Educational Resources.

The Open Education Group

The Open Education Group is an interdisciplinary research group that (1) conducts original, rigorous, empirical research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and (2) designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption. 

Their website summarizes all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption. Abstracted from of an article submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. New articles added as they are published.

Selected Current Research

Clinton, V. & Khan, S. (2019). Efficacy of open textbook adoption on learning performance and course withdrawal rates: A meta-analysisAERA Open, 5(3), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2332858419872212.

This study found that there were no differences in learning efficacy between open and commercial textbooks. However, the withdrawal rate for postsecondary courses with open textbooks was significantly lower than that for commercial textbook.

Colvard, N.B., Watson, C.E., & Park, H. (2018). The impact of open educational resources on various student success metricsInternational Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30 (2), 262-276. 

Reports the results of a large-scale study of students enrolled in courses using OER. The article concludes that OER have benefits to students beyond affordability, including improved course grades, and lower incidence of course grades of D, F, or W (withdrawn). 

Senack, E., Donoghue, R., O'Connor Grant, K., & Steen, K. (2016). "Access denied: The new face of the textbook monopoly." Student Organizing, Inc. 

Presents research from Student Public Interest Research Groups that explains how textbook access codes eliminate no- and low-cost options for students and create a direct link between the ability to pay for course materials and the ability to get good grades.