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Cooney, Cailean – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This article reports findings from a study conducted with students in three sections of a Health Psychology course that replaced a traditional textbook with open educational resources (OER) as the primary course material. The purpose of the study was to learn how OER impacted students. Data were collected in Fall 2015 with students from New York…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Shared Resources and Services, Student Attitudes, Interviews
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Annand, David; Jensen, Tilly – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercially-produced textbooks results in demonstrable cost savings for students in most higher education institutions. Yet OER are still not widely used, and progress toward large-scale adoption in most colleges and universities has been slow. This article reviews the literature informing…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Multimedia Materials
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Ikahihifo, Tarah K.; Spring, Kristian J.; Rosecrans, Jane; Watson, Josh – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Our study found that most students considered OER to be as good or better in terms of quality and engagement as traditional texts, while also allowing them to put saved funds toward their educational pursuits. As rising costs in higher education affect current and potential students, faculty and students are looking for ways to cut costs where…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Educational Objectives, Open Source Technology, Cost Effectiveness
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Pitt, Rebecca – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
This paper presents the results of collaborative research between open textbook provider OpenStax College (OSC) and the OER Research Hub (OERRH), a Hewlett funded mixed methods open research project examining the impact of open educational resources (OER) on learning and teaching. The paper focuses primarily on the results of two surveys that were…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Teacher Surveys, Shared Resources and Services
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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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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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Okamoto, Karen – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
Open access textbooks (OATs) and educational resources (OERs) are being lauded as a viable alternative to costly print textbooks. Some academic libraries are joining the OER movement by creating guides to open repositories. Others are promoting OATs and OERs, reviewing them, and even helping to create them. This article analyzes how academic…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Open Source Technology, Electronic Publishing, Textbook Publication
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Blick, William; Marcus, Sandra – College Student Journal, 2017
The use of Open Education Resources represents a noble cause, but the idea often remains elusive for many faculty members. In 2015, librarians at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, implemented a campaign to promote and facilitate the use and development of OERs. The primary objective was to reduce the growing…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Multimedia Materials
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Waters, John K. – T.H.E. Journal, 2013
If anyone had thought to recognize a K-12 educational buzzword of the year for 2012, it would surely have been "open educational resources" (OER). Ed tech media has fairly hummed with the topic, largely with exciting predictions: OER would give cash-strapped K-12 educators access to high-quality tools and content for their classrooms at little or…
Descriptors: State Standards, Prediction, Instructional Materials, Elementary Secondary Education
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Willems, Julie; Bossu, Carina – Distance Education, 2012
Open educational resources (OER) have become new buzzwords in the glocalization of education. While OER are often espoused as enabling educational equity, the reality is not always the case. Looking only at the positives of new educational methods can mask perpetuating challenges, which makes the open aspect of OER a misnomer. Taking an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Educational Resources, Educational Methods
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Hodgkinson-Williams, Cheryl; Paskevicius, Michael – Distance Education, 2012
Like many universities worldwide, the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa has joined the open educational resources (OER) movement, making a selection of teaching and learning materials available through its OER directory, UCT OpenContent. However, persuading and then supporting busy academics to share their teaching materials as OER…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Graduate Students, Student Role
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Illowsky, Barbara – MathAMATYC Educator, 2012
As the coauthor (with Susan Dean) of a formally for-profit and now open (i.e., free on the web) textbook, "Collaborative Statistics," this author has received many questions about open educational resources (OER), which can be summarized as follows: (1) What are OER?; (2) Why do you support, actively promote, and speak about OER?; (3) If a book is…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Definitions, Program Descriptions
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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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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Tham, Choy Yoong; Raviraja, S. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Open educational resources (OER) are a global phenomenon that is fast gaining credibility in many academic circles as a possible solution for bridging the knowledge divide. With increased funding and advocacy from governmental and nongovernmental organisations paired with generous philanthropy, many OER repositories, which host a vast array of…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Distance Education, Internet
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Mulder, Fred – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
In its first decade (2001-2010) the OER movement has been carried by numerous relevant and successful projects around the globe. These were sometimes large-scale but more often not, and they were primarily initiated by innovating educational institutions and explorative individual experts. What has remained, however, is the quest for a sustainable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Multimedia Materials
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