Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and Outcomes

Andrew Feldstein [afeldstein@vsu.edu], Mirta Martin [mmartin@vsu.edu],
Amy Hudson, Kiara Warren, Virginia State University
John Hilton III [johnhiltoniii@byu.edu], David Wiley [david.wiley@byu.edu],
Brigham Young University, United States of America

Abstract

This study reports findings from a year-long pilot study during which 991 students in 9 core courses in the Virginia State University School of Business replaced traditional textbooks with openly licensed books and other digital content. The university made a deliberate decision to use open textbooks that were copyrighted under the Creative Commons license. This decision was based on the accessibility and flexibility in the delivery of course content provided by open textbooks. More students accessed digital open textbooks than had previously purchased hard copies of textbooks. Higher grades were correlated with courses that used open textbooks.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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