Student retention

Use of OER is an effective method for improving retention for at-risk students (OER can help at-risk learners to finish their studies)

Summary: Evidence shows that in purposefully targeted projects OER based material can improve retention. It can also be used in a pre-emptive fashion to help learners make informed study choices. There are a number of methodological issues with this hypothesis and in Year 2 detailed analysis of comparative student data has been planned.

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CollegeHigher EducationInformalSchool-K12

Balance of Evidence
College Higher Educ... Informal School-K12

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CollegeHigher EducationInformalSchool-K12

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Key Questions
  • Can OER help to improve student retention?
  • If so, is this because of reduced textbook cost, pedagogical innovation, or both?
  • Are OER particularly effective for 'at-risk' students?