Research on OER impacts are not confined to cost savings estimates.  There is a growing body of knowledge and research about the impacts OER have on student outcomes.  Studies look at student satisfaction, engagement and outcomes as measured by completion, retention, drop/failure/withdrawal rates, and grades.  There are large scale studies and class level case studies at various types of post secondary institutions.  Some of this research has even been incorporated into a OER Adaption Impact Calculator.  The Open Education Group, a grant funded organization devoted to enhancing open education, had developed a framework for understanding the impact of OER

Listed here are only a few such studies with links to a feed for new papers.

Colvard, N. B., Watson, C. E., & Park, H. (n.d.). The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics. 15.

Connelly, T. & Svoboda, E. (2023). Open educational resources in nursing curricula: A systematic review. Journal of Nursing Education, 63(3), 147-154.

Fischer, L., Hilton, J., Robinson, T. J., & Wiley, D. A. (2015). 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.

Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(4), 573–590.

Hilton III, J. L., Gaudet, D., Clark, P., Robinson, J., & Wiley, D. (2013). The adoption of open educational resources by one community college math department. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 14(4).

Lawrence, C. N., & Lester, J. A. (2018). Evaluating the effectiveness of adopting Open Educational Resources in an Introductory American government course. Journal of Political Science Education, 14(4), 555–566.

Marsh, C., Marsh, J.S. & Chesnutt, K. (2022). Exploring Open Educational Resources as a mediator for equity gaps in student course success rates for introductory biology courses in the North Carolina Community College System.  North Carolinga Community College Journal of Teaching Innovation. 1(1).


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