Research and Reports

14 United States

Last update: May 13/19

Access codes/assessment platforms

Schaffhauser, D. (2018, January 26). Bundles and access codes destroy efforts to cut textbook pricing. Campus Technology. PDF of original plan: Open 101-An action plan for affordable textbooks, The Student PIRGS.

Adoption

Bell, S. (2018). Course materials adoption: A faculty survey and outlook for the OER landscape, ACRL/Choice, publisher.

Braddlee, Dr.,& VanScoy, A. (n.d.) Bridging the chasm: Faculty support roles for academic librarians in the adoption of open educational resources. College & Research Libraries preprint.

The California OER Council (2016). OER Adoption Study: Using Open Educational Resources in the College Classroom.

Chiorescu, M. (2017). Exploring open educational resources for college algebra. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Hilton, J., Gaudet, D., Clark, P., Robinson, J., & Wiley, D. (2013). The adoption of open educational resources by one community college math department. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14(4), 37–50.

Ozdemir, O., & Hendricks, C. (2017). Instructor and student experiences with open textbooks, from the California open online library for education (Cool4Ed). Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 29(1), 98-113.

Pawlyshyn, Braddlee, Casper and Miller (2013). Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation. Educause Review.

Petrides, L., Jimes, C., Middleton‐Detzner, C., Walling, J., & Weiss, S. (2011). Open textbook adoption and use: Implications for teachers and learners. Open learning26(1), 39-49.

Advocacy

Young, J.R. (2018, October 31). Campus support for OER is growing, survey finds. EdSurge. Original research: The 2018 Campus Computing Survey.

Ancillary resources

Kelly, D. P., & Rutherford, T. (2017). Khan Academy as supplemental instruction: A controlled study of a computer-based mathematics intervention. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Booksellers/bookstores

Sanders, C. (2019). Let Us Get You Into College: Community College Librarians, Barnes & Noble, and OER. OLA Quarterly, 24(3), 29-39. https://doi.org/10.7710/1093-7374.1952

Schmitt, M., & Shi, T. (2018). Secondary Markets and Firm Profits: Evidence from College Textbooks, UCLA Analysis Group.

Efficacy and student outcomes

Allen, G., Guzman-Alvarez, A., Smith, A., Gamage, A., Molinaro, M., & Larsen, D. S. (2015). Evaluating the effectiveness of the open-access ChemWiki resource as a replacement for traditional general chemistry textbooks. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 16(4), 939-948.

See also Allen, G., Guzman-Alvarez, A., Molinaro, M., Larsen, D. (2015). Assessing the impact and efficacy of the open-access ChemWiki Textbook Project. Educause Learning Initiative Brief, January 2015, and this newsletter.

Clinton, V. (2018). Savings without sacrifices: A case study of open-source textbook adoption. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance, and e-Learning.

Colvard, N.B., Watson, C.E., Park, H. (2018). The impact of open educational resources on various student success metrics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(2), 262-276. PDF.

Cooney, C. (2017). What impacts do OER have on students? Students share their experiences with a health psychology OER at New York City College of Technology. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Croteau, E. (2017). Measures of student success with textbook transformations: The Affordable Learning Georgia Initiative. Open Praxis, 9(1), 93-108.

Feldstein, A., Martin, M., Hudson, A., Warren, K., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2012). Open textbooks and increased student access and outcomes. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

Fischer, L., Hilton III, J., Robinson, T. J., & Wiley, D. A. (2015). A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 27(3), 159-172.

Gil, P., Candelas, F., Jara, C., Garcia, G., Torres, F (2013). Web-based OERs in Computer Networks. International Journal of Engineering Education, 29(6), 1537-1550. PDF.

Grewe, K., & Davis, W. P. (2017). The impact of enrollment in an OER course on student learning outcomes. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Grimaldi, P.J., Mallick, D.B., Waters, A.E., Baraniu, R.G. (2019). Do open educational resources improve student learning? Implications of the access hypothesis. PLOS ONE, 14(3): eo212508. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212508

Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(4), 573-590. doi: 10.1007/s11423-016-9434-9

Hilton, J., Laman, C. (2012). One college’s use of an open psychology textbook. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 27(3), 201–217. PDF.

Lawrence and Lester (2018). Evaluating the effectiveness of adopting open educational resources in an introductory American government courseJournal of Political Science Education.

Lovett, M., Meyer, O., & Thille, C. (2008). The open learning initiative: Measuring the effectiveness of the OLI statistics course in accelerating student learningJournal of Interactive Media in Education2008 (1).

Robinson, T.K., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., The impact of open textbooks on secondary science learning outcomesEducational Researcher, 43(7), 341–351.

Winitzky-Stephens, J. R., & Pickavance, J. (2017). Open educational resources and student course outcomes: A multilevel analysis. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Information technology (IT)

The Campus Computing Survey – an annual survey, begun in 1990, is the largest continuing study of the role of information technology in American higher education.

Libraries/librarians

Braddlee, Dr.,& VanScoy, A. (n.d.) Bridging the chasm: Faculty support roles for academic librarians in the adoption of open educational resources. College & Research Libraries preprint.

Breeding, M. (2019). Library Systems Report 2019. American Libraries. Retrieved from: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2019/05/01/library-systems-report-2019/

Walz, Anita, Kristi Jensen, and Joseph A. Salem, Jr. Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources. SPEC Kit 351. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, July 2016. doi: 10.29242/spec.351

Open educational resources (OER)

Allen, I.E., Seaman, J. (2012). Growing the curriculum: Open education resources in U.S. higher education, Babson Survey Research Group.

Allen, I.E., Seaman, J. (2014). Opening the curriculum: Open educational resources in U.S. higher education, Babson Survey Research Group.

Allen, I.E., Seaman, J. (2016). Opening the textbook: Educational resources in U.S. higher education, 2015-16, Babson Survey Research Group.

Hilton, J.L., Gaudet, D., Clark, P., Robinson, J., Wiley, D. (2013). The Adoption of Open Educational Resources by One Community College Math Department International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 14(4).

Seaman, J.E. Seaman, J. (2018). Freeing the textbook: Educational resources in U.S. higher Education, 2018, Babson Survey Research Group.

Seaman, J.E., Seaman, J. (2017). Opening the textbook: Educational resources in U.S. higher education, 2017, Babson Survey Research Group.

Spilovoy, T.M., Seaman, J. (2015). Opening public institutions: OER in North Dakota and the nation, 2015, Babson Survey Research Group.

Wiley, D., Bliss, T. J., & McEwen, M. (2014). Open educational resources: A review of the literature. In J. M. Spector, M. D., Merrill, J. Elen, & M. J. Bishop. (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology (pp. 781-789). New York: Springer.

Pedagogy

Leggett, J.M., Wen, J., & Chatman, A. (2018). Emancipatory learning, open educational resources, open education, and digital critical participatory action research. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning , Innovative Pedagogy, 1 , Article 4. https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/sotl_ip/vol1/iss1/4

Wiley, D., Hilton, J. (2018). Defining OER-enabled pedagogy. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(4).

Wiley, D., Webb, A., Weston, S., & Tonks, D. (2017). A preliminary exploration of the relationships between student-created OER, sustainability, and students success. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Perception/attitude/awareness

Bliss, T., Robinson, T. J., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2013). An OER COUP: College teacher and student perceptions of Open Educational Resources. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 1–25.

Bliss, T., Hilton, J., Wiley, D., Thanos, K. (2013). The cost and quality of open textbooks: Perceptions of community college faculty and students. First Monday, 18:1.

Delimont, N., Turtle, E. C., Bennett, A., Adhikari, K., & Lindshield, B. L. (2016). University students and faculty have positive perceptions of open/alternative resources and their utilization in a textbook replacement initiative. Research in Learning Technology, 24.

Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(4), 573-590. doi: 10.1007/s11423-016-9434-9

Illowsky, B. S., Hilton III, J., Whiting, J., & Ackerman, J. D. (2016). Examining Student Perception of an Open Statistics Book. Open Praxis,8(3), 265-276.

Jung, E., Bauer, C., & Heaps, A. (2017). Higher Education Faculty Perceptions of Open Textbook Adoption. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Lindshield, B., & Adhikari, K. (2013). Online and campus college students like using an open educational resource instead of a traditional textbook. Journal of Online Learning & Teaching, 9(1), 1–7.

Morales, R., & Baker, A. (2018). Secondary Students’ Perceptions of Open Science Textbooks. Journal of Interactive Media in Education2018(1).

Pitt, R. (2015). Mainstreaming Open Textbooks: Educator Perspectives on the Impact of OpenStax College open textbooks. The International Review of Research in Open And Distributed Learning, 16(4).

Watson, C. E., Domizi, D. P., & Clouser, S. A. (2017). Student and Faculty Perceptions of OpenStax in High Enrollment Courses. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning18(5). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2462/4299

Publishers/publishing

Blog post: Open access publishing: New evidence on faculty attitudes and behaviors – April 15, 2019 (The Scholarly Kitchen)

  • Referencing this research: Blankstein, M., & Wolff-Eisenberg, C. (2019, April 12). Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2018. https://doi.org/10.18665/sr.311199

Aspesi, C., et al. (2019). SPARC Landscape Analysis: The Changing Academic Publishing Industry – Implications for Academic Institutions. Retrieved from https://sparcopen.org/our-work/landscape-analysis/

Quality

Bliss, T., Hilton, J., Wiley, D., Thanos, K. (2013). The cost and quality of open textbooks: Perceptions of community college faculty and students. First Monday, 18:1.

Fischer, L., Ernst, D., & Mason, S. L. (2017). Rating the Quality of Open Textbooks: How Reviewer and Text Characteristics Predict Ratings. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(4).

Retention

Hilton, J. Fischer, L., Wiley, D., Williams, L. (2016). “Maintaining Momentum Toward Graduation: OER and the Course Throughput Rate,” International Review of Research on Distance and Open Learning, 17(6): 1-10 (2016).

Savings

Bliss, T., Hilton, J., Wiley, D., Thanos, K. (2013). The cost and quality of open textbooks: Perceptions of community college faculty and students. First Monday, 18:1.
Clinton, V. (2018). Savings without sacrifices: A case study of open-source textbook adoption. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance, and e-Learning.

Hilton, J.L., Robinson, T.J., Wiley, D., & Ackerman, J.D. (2014). Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(2).
Ikahihifo, T. K., Spring, K. J., Rosecrans, J., & Watson, J. (2017). Assessing the Savings from Open Educational Resources on Student Academic Goals. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning18(7).

Nyamweya, M. (2018, December 20). A new method for estimating OER savings, SPARC.

Wiley, D., Hilton, J.L. H., Ellington, S., & Hall, T. (2012). A preliminary examination of the cost savings and learning impacts of using open textbooks in middle and high school science classes. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 13(3,) 262–276.

Wiley, D. (2019). OER: Student savings and adoption rates. Lumen Learning.

Textbook costs

Flatworld. (2018, October). Flatworld Textbook Cost Study 2018 [PDF].

Florida Virtual Campus. (2016). 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey. PDF.

Florida Virtual Campus. (2012). 2012 Florida Student Textbook Survey. PDF.

Also see: About the New Florida Virtual Campus Survey on Textbooks by Phil Hill, October 25, 2016 and  Comparing the 2016 and 2012 FLVC Student Textbook Survey Results by David Wiley, October 26, 2016

Koch, J.V. (2006). An Economic Analysis of Textbook Pricing and Textbook Markets. ACSFA College Textbook Cost Study Plan Proposal. Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

Perry, M.J. (2017, October 25). Wednesday afternoon links: Chart II (CPI: Educational Books and Supplies, Jan. 1967 to Sept. 2017). AEIdeas. Retrieved Nov 22, 2018.

Rose, D., (2018). Are Private Universities Exempt from Student Concerns About Textbook Costs? A Survey of Students at American University. Open Praxis, 10 (3).

Zed cred/Z degrees

Participant Experiences and Financial Impacts: Findings from Year 2 of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative – October 18, 2018. (PDF: 2017 report; PDF: 2018 report).

Brandle, S., Katz, S., Hays, A., Beth, A., Cooney, C., DiSanto, J., Miles, L., Morrison, A. (2019). But what do the students think: Results of the CUNY cross-campus zero-textbook cost student survey. Open Praxis, 11(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.11.1.932

Wiley, D., Williams, L., DeMarte, D., and Hilton, J. (2016). “The Tidewater Z-Degree and the INTRO model for sustaining OER adoption.” Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24(41), pp.1-12.

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