A Review of the Effectiveness & Perceptions of Open Educational Resources As Compared to Textbooks

Students spend a lot of money on textbooks. Alternatives to the expensive textbooks that come from commercial publishers are open educational resources, or OER. But, are these free resources as effective or of the same quality as textbooks? The research says yes. This video summarizes the available research synthesized in Hilton, J. (2016) Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Education Tech Research and Development, 64(4), 573 – 590.

Download the original research from: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11423-016-9434-9

This video features the image open textbooks by Giulia Forsythe https://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/9088794209/, and the song Take Care by David Szesztay: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/David_Szesztay/Commercial/Take_Care. Both are licensed under a Creative Commons license. The music has been modified to fit the length of this video.

Additional resources used in the creation of the video include:
Hill, P. (2015). How Much Do College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks? http://mfeldstein.com/how-much-do-college-students-actually-pay-for-textbooks/

Usher, A. (2015). Data on Textbook costs. http://higheredstrategy.com/data-on-textbook-costs/

Wiley, D. (2015). The practical cost of textbooks. http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/4040

The Open Education Group Review project: http://openedgroup.org/review

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