Research & Readings

Research and Readings

To keep up to date on the research on perceptions and efficacy of open educational resources, visit Hilton, J. (2019). The review project. Open Education Group.

Allen, G., Guzman-Alverez, A., Molinaro, M., & Larsen, D. (2015, January 27). Assessing the impact and efficacy of the open-access ChemWiki textbook, ELI. Retrieved from

Allen, I. E., & Seaman, J. (2012). Growing the curriculum: Open education resources in U.S. higher education. Retrieved from

Allen, I. E., & Seaman, J. (2014). Opening the curriculum: Open educational resources in U.S. higher education, 2014. Retrieved from

Allen, I. E., & Seaman, J. (2016). Opening the textbook: Educational resources in U.S. higher education, 2015-2016. Retrieved from

Andrade, A., Ehlers, U., Caine, A., Carneiro, R., Conole, G., Kairamo, A., & Holmberg, C. (2011). Beyond OER: Shifting focus to open educational practices. Retrieved from

Bissell, A. N. (2009). Permission granted: Open licensing for educational resources. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 24(1), 97-106. doi:10.1080/02680510802627886

Bliss, T., Hilton, J., III, Wiley, D., & Thanos, K. (2013a). The cost and quality of online open textbooks: Perceptions of community college faculty and students. First Monday, 18(1). Retrieved from

Bliss, T., Robinson, T. J., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2013b). An OER COUP: College teacher and student perceptions of open educational resources. Journal of Interactive Media in Education. 17(1), 1-25. doi:10.5334/2013-04

Bowen, W. G., Chingos, M. M., Lack, K. A., & Nygren, T. I. (2014). Interactive learning online at public universities: Evidence from a six-campus randomized trial. Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 33(1), 94-111. doi:10.1002/pam.21728

Buczynski, A. (2007). Faculty begin to replace textbooks with “freely” accessible online resources. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 11(4), 169-179. doi:10.1300/J136v11n04_11

Carey, T., Davis, A., Ferreras, S., & Porter, D. (2015). Using open educational practices to support institutional strategic excellence in teaching, learning & scholarship. Open Praxis, 7(2), 161-171. doi:10.5944/openpraxis.7.2.201

Chae, B., & Jenkins, M. (2015). A qualitative investigation of faculty open educational resource usage in the Washington community and technical college system: Models for support and implementation. Retrieved from

Clinton, Virginia. (2018). Savings without sacrifice: A case report on open-source textbook adoption. Open Learning. 33. 177-189. DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1486184

Clements, K. I., & Pawlowski, J. M. (2011). User-oriented quality for OER: Understanding teachers’ views on re-use, quality, and trust. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 28(1), 10.  doi:10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00450.x

Colvard, N. B., & Watson, C. E. (2018). The impact of open educational resources on various student success metrics. The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 30(2). 262-275. Retrieved from:

D’Antoni, S. (2009). Open educational resources: Reviewing initiatives and issues. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 24(1), 3-10. doi:10.1080/02680510802625443

de los Arcos, B., Farrow, R., Perryman, L. A., Pitt, R., & Weller, M. (2014). OER evidence report 2013-2014. Retrieved from

Delimont, N., Turtle, E. C., Bennett, A., Adhikari, K., & Lindshield, B. L. (2016). University students and faculty have positive perceptions of open/ alternative resources and their utilization in a textbook replacement initiative. Research in Learning Technology, 24(1), 1-13. doi:10.3402/rlt.v24.29920

DeNoyelles, A., Raible, J., & Seilhamer, R. (2017). Exploring the use of e-textbooks in higher education: A multiyear study. Educause Review Online. Retrieved from

Feldstein, A., Martin, M., Hudson, A., Warren, K., Hilton, J., III, & Wiley, D. (2012). Open textbooks and increased student access and outcomes. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2(1). Retrieved from

Fischer, L., Hilton, J., III, 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. doi:10.1007/s12528-015-9101-x

Griffiths, R., Gardner, S., Lundh, P., Shear, L., Ball, A., Mislevy, J.,. . .& Staisloff, R. (2018). Participant experiences and financial impacts: Findings from year two of Achieving the Dream’s OER degree initiative. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. Retrieved from

Griffiths, R., Mislevy, J., Wang, S., Mitchell, N., Bloom, M. Staisloff, R., & Desrochers, D. (2017). Launching OER degree pathways: An early snapshot of Achieving the Dream’sOER degree initiative and emerging lessons. Menlo Park, CA. SRI International. Retrieved from

Grimaldi, P.J. , Basu Mallick D., Waters, A.E., Baraniuk, R.G. (2019). Do open educational resources improve student learning? Implications of the access hypothesis. PLOS ONE 14(3): e0212508. Retrieved from

Gurung, R. A. R. (2017). Predicting learning: Comparing an open educational resource and standard textbooks. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 3(3), 233–248. PsychArticles

Harley, D., Lawrence, S., Acord, S. K., & Dixson, J. (2010). Affordable and open textbooks: An exploratory study of faculty attitudes. Research and Occasional Papers Series, 1 (January), 1-27. Retrieved from:

Hess, J. I., Nann, A. J., & Riddle, K. E. (2016). Navigating OER: The library’s role in bringing OER to campus. Serials Librarian, 70(1-4), 128-134. doi:10.1080/0361526X.2016.1153326

Hewlett Foundation. (2015). Open educational resources. Retrieved from

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. doi:10.1007/s11423-016-9434-9

Hilton, J., & Laman, C. (2012). One college’s use of an open psychology textbook. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 27(3), 201-217. doi:10.1080/02680513.2012.716657

Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. A. (2010). The creation and use of open educational resources in Christian higher education. Christian Higher Education, 9(1), 49-59. doi:10.1080/15363750903181906

Jensen, K. & Nackerud, S. (Eds.) The evolution of affordable content in the higher education environment: Programs, case studies, and examples.

Johnstone, S. M. (2005). Open educational resources serve the world. Educause Quarterly, (3), 15-18. Retrieved from

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, DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2017.1422739

Lovett, M., Meyer, O., & Thille C. (2008). JIME – The open learning initiative: Measuring the effectiveness of the OLI statistics course in accelerating student learning. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2008(1), p.Art.13. doi:

Lumina Foundation. (2015). A benchmark for making college affordable: The rule of 10. Retrieved from

Nyland, R. (2018). The infrastructure of openness: Results from a multi-institutional survey on OER platforms. The International Journal of Open Educational Resources. 1(1), Fall 2018/Winter 2019. Retrieved from

Moody, M., Alkhaledi, S., Weinmann, C., Steppe, K. M., & Emery, J. (2015). Reducing student costs: A report on textbooks and course materials. Retrieved from

Murphy, A. (2013). Open educational practices in higher education: Institutional adoption and challenges. Distance Education, 34(2), 201-217. doi:10.1080/01587919.2013.793641

Parisky, A., & Boulay, R. (2013). Designing and developing open education resources in higher education: A molecular biology project. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society, 9(2), 145-155.

Pawlyshyn, N., Casper, L, & Miller, H. (2013). Adopting OER: A case study of cross-institutional collaboration and innovation. Educause Review Online. Retrieved from

Pitt, R., Ebrahimi, N., McAndrew, P., & Coughlan, T. (2013). Assessing OER impact across organizations and learners: Experiences from the bridge to success project. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2013(3), p.Art. 17. doi:

Porter, W. W., & Graham, C. R. (2016). Institutional drivers and barriers to faculty adoption of blended learning in higher education. British Journal of Educational Technology, 47(4), 748-762. doi:10.1111/bjet.12269

Robinson, T. J., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., & Hilton, J. (2014). The impact of open textbooks on secondary science learning outcomes. Educational Researcher, 43(7), 341-351. doi:10.3102/0013189×14550275

Rolfe, V. (2012). Open educational resources: Staff attitudes and awareness. Research in Learning Technology, 20 (1). doi:10.3402/rlt.v20i0/14395

Salem, J. A. (2017). Open pathways to student success: Academic library partnerships for open educational resources and affordable course content creation and adoption. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(1), 34-38. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.003

Seaman, J.E. & Seaman, J. (2018). Freeing the textbook: Educational resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018. Retrieved from

Seaman, J. E. & Seaman, J. (2017). Opening the textbook: Educational resources in U.S. higher education, 2017. Retrieved from

Senack, E. (2014). Affordable textbooks: A policy guide. Washington, DC: U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs. Retrieved from

Senack, E. (2015). Open textbooks: The billion-dollar solution. Washington, DC: U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs. Retrieved from

Skinner, D., & Howes, B. (2013). The required textbook: Friend or foe? Dealing with the dilemma. Journal of College Teaching and Learning, 10(2), 133-141. doi:10.19030/tlc.v10i2.7753

Vitez, K. (2018). Open101: An action plan for affordable textbooks. Washington, DC: U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs. Retrieved from

Walz, A. R. (2015). Open and editable: Exploring library engagement in open educational resource adoption, adaptation and authoring. Virginia Libraries, 61(1), 23-31.Retrieved from

Wiley, D. (2006). Open source, openness, and higher education. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 3(1), p.Art. 1. Retrieved from

Wiley, D., Hilton, J. L., III, Ellington, S., & Hall, T. (2012). A preliminary examination of the cost savings and learning impacts of using open textbooks in middle and high school science classes. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 13(3), 262-276. Retrieved from

Wiley, D., Williams, L., DeMarte, D., & Hilton, J. (2016). The Tidewater Z-degree and the INTRO model for sustaining OER adoption. Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 24(41). doi:10.14507/epaa.24.1828

Young, J. (July 9, 2015). In students’ minds, textbooks are increasingly optional purchases. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

COD Research

Cote, D. (2017) Examining community college faculty attitudes toward open educational resources: A mixed methods study. (Doctoral Dissertation, Nothern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL) Retrieved from

Cote, D. (July 3, 2017). Examining community college faculty attitudes toward open educational resources: A mixed methods study. Dissertation defense.

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