Do open educational resources improve student learning?
peter.suber's bookmarks 2019-03-08
"Open educational resources (OER), such as free textbooks, have grown in popularity in recent years as institutions and faculty work to lower costs for students, but researchers have had difficulty determining if adopting OER impacts learning. A new study by Rice University researchers suggests previous OER research may have failed to turn up significant results because it has been looking at too wide a pool of students.
Because OER will likely provide tangible learning benefits only to students who otherwise would go without a textbook, research needs to hone in on those students, the Rice study determined...."