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Open textbooks and increased student access and outcomes

TitleOpen textbooks and increased student access and outcomes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFeldstein, A., Martin M., Hudson A., Warren K., Hilton J., & Wiley D.
PublisherEuropean Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning
Start Page1
Keywordsaccess to education, access to information, Business Administration education, college instruction, comparative analysis, computer uses in education, copyrights, core curriculum, correlation, course content, curriculum implementation, data analysis, distance education, economics, educational technology, electronic publishing, grades (scholastic), multimedia materials, Open Source technology, pilot projects, program effectiveness, student attitudes, student costs, student surveys, textbooks, usability, web based instruction

This study reports findings from a year-long pilot study during which 991 students in 9 core courses in the Virginia State University School of Business replaced traditional textbooks with openly licensed books and other digital content. The university made a deliberate decision to use open textbooks that were copyrighted under the Creative Commons license. This decision was based on the accessibility and flexibility in the delivery of course content provided by open textbooks. More students accessed digital open textbooks than had previously purchased hard copies of textbooks. Higher grades were correlated with courses that used open textbooks. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)


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