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.