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The adoption of Open Educational Resources by one community college math department
Wiley, David A. · Robinson, Jared · Clark, Phil · Gaudet, Donna · Hilton, John

Published2013
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 1-14
PublisherAU Press
EditorsConrad, Dianne and McGreal, Rory

ABSTRACT
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 classes. During the 2012 fall semester, 2,043 students in five different courses used these open access resources. We present a comparison between the previous two years in terms of the number of students who withdrew from the courses and the number that completed the courses with a C grade or better. Our analysis suggests that while there was likely no change in these educational outcomes, students who have access to open access materials collectively saved a significant amount of money. Students and faculty were surveyed as to their perceptions of these materials and the results were generally favorable.

Keywords electronic textbooks · mathematics education · open access · Open Educational Resources · open textbooks · sustainability

Published atAthabasca, AB
ISSN1492-3831
RefereedYes
URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1523
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