In response to demands for educational materials to be more accessible and affordable, Open Educational Resources (OERs) have become increasingly popular for their ability to provide free, easily obtained, open licensed resources for both students and faculty to use---especially within higher education environments. Since the introduction of OERs is relatively new, research regarding their efficacy as measured by student learning is lacking. To address this gap, I sought to isolate subjects’ content acquisition after reading excerpts on measures of central tendency from either an OER or commercial textbook. While the power was too small to firmly conclude whether students assigned to OER performed better or worse than subjects assigned to commercial texts, there is evidence to suggest that with more data collection, commercial groups will outperform the OER groups on the quiz.
"OER Textbooks versus Commercial Textbooks: Quality of Student Learning in Psychological Statistics,"
Locus: The Seton Hall Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 4, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarship.shu.edu/locus/vol4/iss1/4