Open Textbooks Improve Access to Educational Materials

Type: Evidence | Hypothesis: Improving access | Polarity: | Sector: | Country:

A 2010 pilot study in Virginia using Flat World Knowledge textbooks with 991 students across 9 courses found that “while students had free and open access to the online textbook without registering, only 93 % of students reported reading the textbook online. Additionally, it took almost four weeks for 85 % of students to register their seat license for supplementary materials in the first semester of this pilot program… Despite a very aggressive campaign, 7 % of students reported not reading online and 5 % of students in the spring term did not even register their seat license. While these results do not demonstrate universal adoption and use by students, free digital content appears to go a long way toward solving the access problem.”

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