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OpenStax College Case Studies

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OER Research Hub

OpenStax College

What research questions the project addresses, aims & themes

The OER Research Hub (OERRH) has collaborated with OpenStax College (OSC) to examine the impact of their open textbooks on learning and teaching since early 2013.

Although student savings from the use of open textbooks such as OSC is one important impact of using OER, OERRH research to date indicates that the impact of OSC extends beyond financial savings and that the “open” aspect of OSC textbooks impacts on students and educators in a variety of ways.  In order to develop these preliminary findings and produce research which will ensure that OSC have the best possible evidence for any impact of their textbooks beyond student savings, OSC have identified two areas for future research by OERRH:

 1) Student efficacy;

2) User feedback on their textbooks with a view to it informing future iterations of the books.

How the research questions are addressed by the project (methodology and activity/environment)

 In order to develop our preliminary findings we have developed three case studies with institutions using different OSC textbooks in a range of contexts.

The case studies have been developed in accordance with the methodologies developed by the OERRH project and focus on impact of the textbooks beyond student savings, efficacy of OSC materials and educator and student feedback.

Current activities

A case study report is currently being drafted.

Findings and outputs

A case study report is currently being drafted.

People involved

Beck Pitt

Project partners and links

OpenStax College:


OpenStax College

Start Date and duration

1 September 2014 – March 2015


Research & Innovation