Any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning or research … such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content – Educause.
2016 DLIAward recipient. (2016). Retrieved from http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/2016-dliaward-recipient-cerritos-college.
Cerritos College in Southern California has received the 2016 Digital Learning Innovation Award from the Online Learning Consortium for its Business Administration OER program. A follow-up study indicated that as more and more OER materials were adopted, student retention and completion in the program increased.
Florida Virtual Campus. (2016, October 7). 2016 student textbook and course materials survey. Retrieved from https://dlss.flvc.org/documents/210036/361552/2016+Student+Textbook+Survey.pdf/fa58795e-f2d3-4fc7-9f07-a7e1b31fbbcd.
In 2016, more than 22,000 students from all of Florida’s public colleges and universities voluntarily participated in the anonymous online survey. This report sheds light on the impact that high textbook costs are having on college affordability, student actions to address cost, as well as college success and completion.
Educause. (2010, June). 7 things you should know about open educational resources. Retrieved from Educause website: https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2010/5/eli7061-pdf.pdf
A concise handout offers a definition of OER, explains how they work, who should use them, why they are significant, potential challenges for using them, and the future of OER in teaching and learning.
Fischer, L et al. (2015, December). 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. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12528-015-9101-x
How does the use of OER textbooks affect student outcomes? This study investigates whether or not the adoption of OER textbooks in a course can predict student success, course completion, and enrollment in further semesters.