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Hilton, John, III – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2016
Textbooks are a vital component in many higher education contexts. Increasing textbook prices, coupled with general rising costs of higher education have led some instructors to experiment with substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercial textbooks as their primary class curriculum. This article synthesizes the results of 16…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Textbook Evaluation, Reading Material Selection, Educational Resources
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Illowsky, Barbara Sack; Hilton, John, III; Whiting, Justin; Ackerman, Jordan Dale – Open Praxis, 2016
The rise of Open Educational Resources (OER) research provides data that Open Textbooks and other forms of OER may be one cost saving approach for college and university students. Yet little research has been conducted around the attitudes and perceptions of the students using these Open Textbooks. This paper examines the perceptions that students…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Attitudes, Shared Resources and Services
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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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Allen, Gregory; Guzman-Alvarez, Alberto; Smith, Amy; Gamage, Alan; Molinaro, Marco; Larsen, Delmar S. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Open educational resources (OERs) provide a potential alternative to costly textbooks and can allow content to be edited and adapted to a variety of classroom environments. At the University of California, Davis, the OER "ChemWiki" project, as part of the greater STEMWiki Hyperlibrary, was developed to supplant traditional post-secondary…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Chemistry
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Weller, Martin – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2015
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have generated considerable media interest, more than other education initiatives such as Open Education Resources (OERs). In this article the author argues that this can be seen as an example of the battle for narrative in open education. MOOCs attracted media interest because they appealed to broader…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction
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Hanley, Lawrence Francis; Bonilla, Diego – Open Praxis, 2016
California's three public higher education systems (University of California, California State University, the California Community College System) enroll nearly 3 million undergraduate students and employ almost 100 thousand faculty. In 2012, the California State Legislature directed the three systems to create an online library of open…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Electronic Libraries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education