Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance, and e-Learning
Rising textbook costs have prompted the development of open-source textbooks to increase access to education. The purpose of this case report is to examine open-source textbook adoption through the COUP framework (costs, outcomes, use, and perceptions) comparing a semester with a commercial textbook to a semester with an open-source textbook. Students (N = 520) were enrolled in an undergraduate course at a mid-sized public university in the United States. Results indicated that although costs were substantially lower, student learning outcomes and perceptions of quality were similar or better with an open-source textbook. Although students were much more likely to access the open-source textbook electronically, there were no differences in how they reported using the two textbooks to support their learning. Considering the financial savings of open-source textbooks, these findings build on existing empirical support that encourage the adoption of open-source textbooks.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance, and e-Learning on July 13, 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02680513.2018.1486184.
Clinton, Virginia, "Savings without sacrifice: A case report on open-source textbook adoption" (2018). Educational Foundations and Research Faculty Publications. 3.