[Irtalk] The Impact of Open Textbooks

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue May 13 12:49:04 SAST 2014

The OER Research Hub (OERRH) has been working with both OpenStax College
and Siyavula over the past year to examine the impact of open textbooks on
educators and students.

Siyavula open textbooks are aimed at K-12/school students and ca. *10
million copies of Siyavula textbooks have been distributed across the
country by the South African government.*

Within a year of their launch in early 2012, OpenStax College had gained
over 1 million unique learners.

By March 2014 OpenStax College textbooks had been adopted by over 500 US

In the USA, where textbook costs can exceed course costs, OpenStax College
announced in February 2014 that they had saved students $3.7 million.

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