The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

by david on February 5, 2015

I’m very excited to announce the launch of the OER Adoption Impact Explorer. This interactive tool lets users adjust a range of Institutional Settings to match their local context and estimate what the impact of adopting OER would be on their students and campus.¬†Users can also¬†tinker with a group of Research-based Settings to make the […]


The Review Project Launch

by david on February 3, 2015

At #OpenEd14 John Hilton presented a summary of all the empirical research on the impact of OER adoption that we could find. The presentation was extremely well received, and John has turned it into a nice journal article which is currently under review at a journal which shall remain nameless (for the time being). By […]

Ed Researcher Article is Live!

October 3, 2014

We’re extremely excited about our newest publication: Robinson T. J., Fischer, L., Wiley, D. A., & Hilton, J. (2014). The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes. Educational Researcher. DOI: 10.3102/0013189X14550275 Putting something in Ed Researcher has been a “bucket list” item for many of us. It is, arguably, the highest ranking education […]

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Gates Grant is a Go

September 12, 2012

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has approved a grant to the Open Education Group to apply our COUP framework to post-secondary adopters of open textbooks and open educational resources. This study will examine each of the following questions: 1. What is the relationship between OER-adoption by teachers of post-secondary courses and their students’: a. […]

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Utah Open Textbook Project Goes Statewide!

January 25, 2012

Something very exciting happened today. The Utah State Office of Education announced that (1) it will be supporting the development of Utah-specific open textbooks for all secondary language arts, mathematics, and science courses, and (2) that the USOE recommends that all schools across the state consider these open textbooks for adoption in their secondary language […]

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The $5 Textbook – Now For Less Than $5

December 16, 2011

From time to time I re-review the costs from various print-on-demand vendors to see if we can’t get the cost down a little further on our just-as-effective-as-$100-big-publisher-books $5 textbooks. Good news! CreateSpace, one of the first sites I reviewed this time around, can print our books (8.5×11, B&W, paperback, 250 pages) for $3.85. Add $0.40 […]

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Efficacy Data Are In!

October 12, 2011

The Big Take Away: Schools can save over 50% on textbook costs without negatively impacting student learning. The Short Version: Simply substituting open textbooks for proprietary textbooks does not impact learning outcomes. The Longer Version: If there’s one thing this project has taught me about data, it’s that they’re messy. I knew this already, but […]

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The $5 Textbook

August 26, 2011

We went through lots of pain and suffering last year trying to find the “right way” to print open textbooks – the way that makes them super affordable. We printed with different vendors, printed books whole and in sections, bought and stuffed three ring binders and tried paperback print on demand, etc. Some of these […]

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Cost paper finalized and submitted

May 16, 2011

The paper we’ve written outlining all the cost-related lessons we learned during the first phase of the Utah Open Textbooks project has been submitted to the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning! While you’re waiting for an opportunity to read the prose, you might enjoy interacting with the Open Textbooks Cost Calculator […]

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March Meeting

March 28, 2011

We had a great meeting with the Teachers in March. They reported that their students are loving the textbooks and many students from other classes are envying the textbooks. We’ve also finalized our cost analysis and are putting the finishing touches on a paper to publish about it so that everyone can benefit from what […]

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