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Hilton, John, III; Wiley, David A.; Lutz, Neil – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
An important element of open educational resources (OER) is the permission to use the materials in new ways, including revising and remixing them. Prior research has shown that the revision and remix rates for OER are relatively low. In this study we examined the extent to which the openly licensed "Flat World Knowledge" textbooks were being…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Textbooks, Open Source Technology, Textbook Content
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Hilton, John, III; Wiley, David – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
Many college students and their families are concerned about the high costs of textbooks. A company called Flat World Knowledge both gives away and sells open-source textbooks in a way it believes to be financially sustainable. This article reports on the financial sustainability of the Flat World Knowledge open-source textbook model after one…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Higher Education, College Students, Case Studies