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The Adoption of Open Educational Resources by One Community College Math Department
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The high cost of textbooks is of concern not only to college students but also to society as a whole. Open textbooks promise the same educational benefits as traditional textbooks; however, their efficacy remains largely untested. We report on one community college’s adoption of a collection of open resources across five different mathematics classes. During the 2012 fall semester, 2,043 students in five different courses used these open access resources. We present a comparison between the previous two years in terms of the number of students who withdrew from the courses and the number that completed the courses with a C grade or better. Our analysis suggests that while there was likely no change in these educational outcomes, students who have access to open access materials collectively saved a significant amount of money. Students and faculty were surveyed as to their perceptions of these materials and the results were generally favorable.

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Career and Technical Education
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Athabasca University
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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Author:
Donna Gaudet
Jared Robinson
John Levi Hilton III
Phil Clark
Date Added:
09/01/2013
Mainstreaming Open Textbooks: Educator Perspectives on the Impact of OpenStax College Open Textbooks
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This paper presents the results of collaborative research between open textbook provider OpenStax College (OSC) and the OER Research Hub (OERRH), a Hewlett funded mixed methods open research project examining the impact of open educational resources (OER) on learning and teaching.

The paper focuses primarily on the results of two surveys that were conducted with educators using a range of OSC open textbooks during 2013 and 2014/2015. The results of this research shows that OER such as OSC enables a majority of educators to better respond to student needs whilst often making teaching easier and in some instances changing teaching practices. Although this paper does not focus on the impact of OER on students, a majority of educators surveyed perceive an increase in student satisfaction when using OER such as OSC and believe that OSC are saving students money.

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Education
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Athabasca University
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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Author:
Rebecca Pitt
Date Added:
10/01/2015