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Hilton, John, III; Fischer, Lane; Wiley, David; Williams, Linda – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
"Open Educational Resources" (OER) have the potential to replace traditional textbooks in higher education. Previous studies indicate that use of OER results in high student and faculty satisfaction, lower costs, and similar or better educational outcomes. In this case study, we compared students using traditional textbooks with those…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Resources, Graduation Rate, Textbooks
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Fischer, Lane; Hilton, John, III; Robinson, T. Jared; Wiley, David A. – Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 2015
In some educational settings, the cost of textbooks approaches or even exceeds the cost of tuition. Given limited resources, it is important to better understand the impacts of free open educational resources (OER) on student outcomes. Utilizing digital resources such as OER can substantially reduce costs for students. The purpose of this study…
Descriptors: College Students, Resource Units, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Fischer, Lane; Ernst, David; Mason, Stacie – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Using data collected from peer reviews for Open Textbook Library titles, this paper explores questions about rating the quality of open textbooks. The five research questions addressed the relationship between textbook and reviewer characteristics and ratings. Although reviewers gave textbooks high ratings generally, reviewers identified…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Shared Resources and Services, Electronic Publishing, Rating Scales
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Martin, Michael Troy; Belikov, Olga Maria; Hilton, John, III.; Wiley, David; Fischer, Lane – Open Praxis, 2017
The cost of textbooks has continued to impact students in higher education. Students have reported that they make decisions on which courses to take based on the specific cost of textbooks. Faculty have reported willingness to use open textbooks to help ease the burden on students but are unsure where to find viable options. We examined the…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes