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Open Educational Resources: Research

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Review and Summary of Current Research

The Review Project - Open Education Group

Summary of all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption. Abstracted from of an article submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. New articles added as they are published.

Babson Survey Research Group

Covering the Cost

A new study by the Student Public Interest Research Group reveals how much federal financial aid is going to the textbook companies.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Almost one-third (30%) of students replied that they had used financial aid to pay for their textbooks.
  • For those that used financial aid, the amount of financial aid dollars they put toward purchasing textbooks was more than $300 on average per semester.
  • Textbook prices disproportionately impact community college students: 50% of students report using financial aid for books at community colleges, compared to 28% at 4 year public schools. And, on average, community college students use more financial aid than their peers at 4 year schools.

That means that nearly 5.2 million U.S. undergraduate students spend a total of $1.5 billion dollars of financial aid on textbooks every semester, or $3 billion per year.
The report discusses potential solutions, and lays out recommendations for decision-makers on all levels.

A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation