Technical Report: “Methodological Guide for Implementation and Evaluation of Open E-Textbook Programs: Impact on Costs and Learning Outcomes”
From the Abstract:
The technical report, “Methodological Guide for Implementation and Evaluation of Open E-Textbook Programs” was published (2019) by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service.
In order to draw evidence-based conclusions about publicly funded programmes and interventions, there is an interest in impact assessment.
This Methodological Guide is meant to provide assistance on conducting evaluations of public initiatives focused on the provision of open digital textbooks. Such textbooks are in a digital format and made available publicly online. When funded through public funds, it becomes important to understand the possible costs and savings. Therefore, the Guide focuses on exploring the costs and savings associated with such initiatives, and on the other hand, estimating their impact on learning outcomes (e.g. exemplified as academic achievements).
The Guide aims to be generic drawing on experiences gained from an independent evaluation of a Polish public program that produced open digital textbooks. Therefore, the methodology presented in this Guide can also be used to analyse programs focused on other types of digital content in education.
The long-term aim of the Guide is to promote the proper evaluation of such initiatives in the future.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.