Q. How will using OER affect student performance?


The 2014 Student PIRGs report, "Fixing the Broken Textbook Market," reported several notable findings from their study:

  • High textbook costs continue to deter students from purchasing their assigned materials despite concern for their grades. 65% of survey respondents said that they had decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive

  • Nearly half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many/which classes they took each semester

  • Students believe that hard-copy optional, free online alternatives to the traditional textbook would improve their performance. 82% of students felt they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook was available free online and buying a hard copy was optional.

Source: Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives. Student PIRGS, 2014. 

  • updated: Jun 14, 2020
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  • Answered By Jennifer Beamer

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