Dramatically reduce the cost to graduate
Increase student success
Radically increase pedagogical freedom
Learn about OER-based Degrees
Read the Research about OER
Peer-reviewed research demonstrates that assigning OER in place of commercial textbooks can lead to improved completion rates, better grades, and higher enrollment intensity.
Fischer, L., Hilton, J., Robinson, J., and Wiley, D. (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).
Peer-reviewed research demonstrates that OER adoption can positively impact an institution’s bottom line by decreasing drop rates and the tuition refunds that accompany them. These savings realized by not refunding tuition revenue can exceed $100,000 per year as this study shows.
Wiley, D., Williams, L., DeMarte, D., & Hilton, J. (in press). The Tidewater Z-Degree and the INTRO Model for Sustaining OER Adoption. Education Policy Analysis Archives.
When Mercy College switched from a commercial math textbook and online practice system to OER plus an open source practice system, they saw dramatic gains in student success.
Pawlyshyn, M., Braddlee, D., Casper, L. and Miller, H. (2013). Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation. EDUCAUSE Review.
The interactive OER Adoption Impact Explorer synthesizes the findings from multiple research studies and combines them with an integrated model of student success and finances. By setting and changing a variety of parameters you can explore some of the ways OER can have an impact on your campus, including student savings, institutional finances, and student success.
Find OER for Specific Degrees
There is a robust collection of OER available to support a
General Studies degree. Difficulty to adopt: Easy.
We are constantly evaluating OER and degree programs in order to build new mappings from degrees to courses to OER like those shown above. As we complete these maps they will appear here. Next up: Computer Science.
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