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Wednesday, November 18 • 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Exploring the Impact of Open Textbooks: Cost savings, Efficacy and Beyond

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Evidence for the impact of open textbooks is critical to making the case for the use of OER in the classroom. Open textbooks have been shown to have a range of impacts with particularly strong evidence for student cost savings and emerging evidence that using open textbooks rather than proprietary textbooks result in at least similar test score results (for example: Wiley et al, 2012; Hilton III et al, 2012; Bliss et al, 2013). But what other impacts and benefits are open textbooks having on students and educators? And what do these findings tell us about next steps for mainstreaming the use of open textbooks?

This session will explore and contextualize the latest research conducted by the OER Research Hub (http://oerresearchhub.org) on the efficacy and impact of open textbooks. In particular the presentation will focus on presenting the latest research findings from collaborative research with OpenStax College (http://openstaxcollege.org) whilst contextualizing these findings within other research conducted with educators using open textbooks and other types of OER. Research to date has revealed a range of wider impacts of open textbooks, including increased likelihood of educators using other OER, increased likelihood of contributing to improving material and discussing OER with others, including their institutional administrators.

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Bea de los Arcos

Research Associate, The Open University
Dr. Beatriz de los Arcos Researcher, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, United Kingdom | Researching the impact of OER on teaching and learning practices with colleagues at the OER Research Hub Project; leading the project's collaboration with educational programs in the K12 sector. |  
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Rob Farrow

Research Fellow, The Open University
Research Fellow @openuniversity / Open Education through a philosophical lens / Projects: @oer_hub @gogn_oer @oerworldmap @JIME_journal / Cat: @tailz_of_terror | | Project URLS: | http://oerhub.net/ | https://oerworldmap.org/ | http://go-gn.net/ | http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/
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Beck Pitt

Research Assistant, The Open University
Hi there! I'm a researcher on the Open Education Research Hub and Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project at the Open University (UK). Find out more: http://oerresearchhub.org | | Come and talk to me about all things open and how we (the Hub) could help you!

Wednesday November 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:15pm
BC Ballroom

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