May 19, 2022

New Research Article: “Examining Student Perception of an Open Statistics Book”

The following article was recently published in Open Praxis, a peer-reviewed journal from the International Council For Open and Distance Education (ICDE).


Examining Student Perception of an Open Statistics Book


Barbara Sack Illowsky
Foothill-De Anza Community College District

John Hilton III
Brigham Young University

Justin Whiting
Indiana University

Jordan Dale Ackerman
Brigham Young University 


Open Praxis
Vol 8, No 3 
July-September 2016


The rise of Open Educational Resources (OER) research provides data that Open Textbooks and other forms of OER may be one cost saving approach for college and university students. Yet little research has been conducted around the attitudes and perceptions of the students using these Open Textbooks. This paper examines the perceptions that students have of the different versions of an open statistics textbook used over several years in one community college. Survey results show that students generally had at least as good of an experience using the open textbook compared to traditional textbooks. Suggestions for further research are discussed.

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