The project developed 11 hypothesis (such as “Use of OER improves student performance”) and worked with 15 partners to build an evidence base regarding these. The hypotheses and evidence can be found in the Evidence Report and are presented as maps and visualizations at OER Impact Map.
Research on OER Impact and Effectiveness
"Lumen personnel are at the forefront of research regarding cost savings, learning gains, and other impacts of adopting open educational resources. This research appears in some of the world’s premier peer-reviewed research journals. Dr. Wiley also chairs dissertations exploring the cutting edge of research relating to open education."
Textbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) provide students a way to receive high-quality learning materials at little or no cost to students. We report on the cost savings achieved by students at eight colleges when these colleges began utilizing OER in place of traditional commercial textbooks.
Hilton III, John, T. Jared Robinson, David Wiley, & J. Dale Ackerman. "Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources." The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning [Online], 15.2 (2014): n. pg. Web. 16 May. 2016
Abstract: BUILDING AWARENESS Awareness of OER is growing, due in some part to the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants. The college used MyOpenMath, supported by Lumen Learning. Because students had the materials on the first day of classes, students engaged earlier and more deeply in the learning process.
"The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project was proposed to investigate in what ways and under what circumstances the adoption of open educational resources (OER) could address the increasing demand for accessible, relevant, high-quality and affordable education in the Global South."