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Prasad, Deepak; Usagawa, Tsuyoshi – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Textbook prices have soared over the years, with several studies revealing many university students are finding it difficult to afford textbooks. Fortunately, two innovations--open educational resources (OER) and open textbooks--hold the potential to increase textbook affordability. Experts, though, have stated the obvious: that students can save…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Source Technology, Textbooks, College Faculty
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Hilton, John Levi, III; Robinson, Jared; Wiley, David; Ackerman, J. Dale – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Textbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) provide students a way to receive…
Descriptors: Open Education, Cost Effectiveness, Textbooks, College Students
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Hilton, John Levi, III.; Gaudet, Donna; Clark, Phil; Robinson, Jared; Wiley. David – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 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…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Community Colleges, Mathematics Education
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Baek, Eun-Ok; Monaghan, James – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
eTextbooks have steadily and recently more rapidly penetrated the textbook market. In order to effectively support students' learning, it is important to comprehend students' experiences using eTextbooks. This survey study was designed to gain an understanding of students' experiences in using eTextbooks and variables that impact their…
Descriptors: Campuses, Electronic Publishing, Use Studies, Textbooks
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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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Wiley, David; Hilton, John Levi, III; Ellington, Shelley; Hall, Tiffany – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Proponents of open educational resources claim that significant cost savings are possible when open textbooks displace traditional textbooks in the classroom. Over a period of two years, we worked with 20 middle and high school science teachers (collectively teaching approximately 3,900 students) who adopted open textbooks to understand the…
Descriptors: Adoption, Standardized Tests, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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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