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Incentivizing the production and use of Open Educational Resources in higher education institutions
Annand, David and Jensen, Tilly

PublishedJune 2017
Type of workSpecial Issue: Outcomes of Openness: Empirical Reports on the Implementation of OER
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 1-15

ABSTRACT
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 financial and other issues that affect OER adoption. It describes the outcome of an ongoing, financially self-sustaining project at Athabasca University that has produced significant cost savings for the institution, maintained equivalent student learning outcomes and persistence rates, and enhanced aspects of the student learning experience. Based on the success of the project to date, broadly-applicable recommendations are suggested to reduce organizational impediments to the adoption of OER in higher education institutions.

Keywords behavioural economics · higher education · open education resources · post-secondary education

Published atAthabasca, AB
ISSN1492-3831
Other number4
RefereedYes
Rightsby/4.0
DOI10.19173/irrodl.v18i4.3009
URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3009
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