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Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources

  • John Levi Hilton III Brigham Young University
  • T. Jared Robinson Brigham Young University
  • David Wiley Brigham Young University
  • J. Dale Ackerman Brigham Young University
Keywords: Open educational resources, open textbooks, electronic textbooks, open access

Abstract

Textbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) provide students a way to receive high-quality learning materials at little or no cost to students. We report on the cost savings achieved by students at eight colleges when these colleges began utilizing OER in place of traditional commercial textbooks.

Author Biography

John Levi Hilton III, Brigham Young University
John Hilton III is a an Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University.
Published
2014-04-01
How to Cite
Hilton III, J. L., Robinson, T. J., Wiley, D., & Ackerman, J. D. (2014). Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i2.1700
Section
Research Articles