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ERIC Number: EJ1017456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
The Adoption of Open Educational Resources by One Community College Math Department
Hilton, John Levi, III.; Gaudet, Donna; Clark, Phil; Robinson, Jared; Wiley. David
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v14 n4 p37-50 Sep 2013
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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona