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Thursday, November 7 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
The Impact of OER Science Textbook Adoption on Student Learning in Secondary Schools.

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In 2011-2012, 18 teachers in earth systems, biology, and chemistry adopted OER textbooks to replace traditional publisher-produced textbooks. 43% of all students enrolled in these courses used the OER texts.

Our study examines the impact of OER textbook adoption on student science learning. We collected student data on 2012 and 2011 state science criterion referenced test (CRT) scores, student GPA data, and student demographic data for 4,183 students, as well as teacher effectiveness data. Using the statistical technique propensity score matching, we created matched groups. We then analyzed these groups using multiple regression and found that controlling for variables like student ability, student demographics, and teacher, students using OER textbooks scored significantly higher on the state CRTs.

We discuss possible explanations for this observed difference as well as limitations of the study. We also discuss what implications this study has for future directions of OER research.

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Lane Fischer

Department Chair, BYU
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John Hilton III

Researcher, Brigham Young University
I began researching issues related to OER in 2008. I'm passionate about increasing OER research - especially research related to efficacy and student perceptions. See http://openedgroup.org/review.
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David Wiley

Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning
I've spent over 20 years creating, clarifying, elaborating, and evangelizing the core ideas of open education to students, faculty, institutions, companies, and governments. I've also worked to place a solid foundation of empirical research beneath these core ideas. Now, my colleagues... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 3:00pm - 3:25pm
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