International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (Sep 2013)

The Adoption of Open Educational Resources by One Community College Math Department

  • John Levi Hilton III,
  • Donna Gaudet,
  • Phil Clark,
  • Jared Robinson,
  • David Wiley

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 14, no. 4


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The high cost of textbooks is of concern not only to college students but also to society as a whole. Open textbooks promise the same educational benefits as traditional textbooks; however, their efficacy remains largely untested. We report on one community college’s adoption of a collection of open resources across five different mathematics classes. During the 2012 fall semester, 2,043 students in five different courses used these open access resources. We present a comparison between the previous two years in terms of the number of students who withdrew from the courses and the number that completed the courses with a C grade or better. Our analysis suggests that while there was likely no change in these educational outcomes, students who have access to open access materials collectively saved a significant amount of money. Students and faculty were surveyed as to their perceptions of these materials and the results were generally favorable.