Title

Study behavior patterns and student reasoning about using commercial textbooks vs. Open Education Resources (OER)

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Assessment and SoTL - Research

Abstract

A direct comparison of an open education resource (OER) and a traditional textbook by the same students in a controlled reciprocal design revealed that students spend less time answering reading questions from an OER textbook, while answering more questions correctly than after reading the commercial textbook. Student study behavior patterns are compared and discussed, along with their reasoning. Our results give evidence that OERs can be a viable, time- and cost-effective alternative to commercial textbooks, with identical learning outcomes.

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Research Brief and Reflection Panels

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Room 3

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Study behavior patterns and student reasoning about using commercial textbooks vs. Open Education Resources (OER)

Room 3

A direct comparison of an open education resource (OER) and a traditional textbook by the same students in a controlled reciprocal design revealed that students spend less time answering reading questions from an OER textbook, while answering more questions correctly than after reading the commercial textbook. Student study behavior patterns are compared and discussed, along with their reasoning. Our results give evidence that OERs can be a viable, time- and cost-effective alternative to commercial textbooks, with identical learning outcomes.