Research on OER Impact and Effectiveness

Lumen personnel are at the forefront of research regarding cost savings, learning gains, and other impacts of adopting open educational resources. This research appears in some of the world’s premier peer-reviewed research journals. Dr. Wiley also chairs dissertations exploring the cutting edge of research relating to open education.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Wiley, D., Williams, L., DeMarte, D. & Hilton, J., (2016) The Tidewater Z-Degree and the INTRO Model for Sustaining OER AdoptionEducation Policy Analysis Archives, 24(41).

Fischer, L., Robinson, J., Hilton, J. & Wiley, D., (2015) A Multi-Institutional Study of the Impact of Open Textbook Adoption on the Learning Outcomes of Post-Secondary StudentsJournal of Computing in Higher Education, 27(3).

Robinson, J., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., & Hilton, J. (2014). The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes. Educational Researcher, 43(7).

Hilton, J., Robinson, J., Wiley, D., & Ackerman, J. (2014). Cost-Savings Achieved in Two Semesters Through the Adoption of Open Educational ResourcesInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 15(2).

Pawlyshyn, N., Bradlee, Casper L., & Miller, H. (2013). Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and InnovationEDUCAUSE Review, November-December 2013.

Bliss, TJ., Hilton, J., Wiley, D., & Thanos, K. (2013). The Cost and Quality of Open Textbooks: Perceptions of Community College Faculty and Students. First Monday, 18(1).

Bliss, TJ, Robinson, J., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2013). An OER COUP: College Teacher and Student Perceptions of Open Educational Resources. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.

Tonks, T., Weston, S., Wiley, D., & Barbour, M. (2013). “Opening” a New Kind of School: The Story of the Open High School of UtahInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning,14(1).

Feldstein, A., Martin, M., Hudson, A., Warren, K., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2012). Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and OutcomesEuropean Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

Wiley, D., Hilton, J., Ellington, S. & Hall, T. (2012). A Preliminary Examination of the Cost Savings and Learning Impacts of Using Open Textbooks in Middle and High School Science ClassesInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning13(3).

Hilton, J., Lutz, N., Wiley, D. (2012). Examining the reuse of open textbooksInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 13(2).

Johansen, J. & Wiley, D. (2011). A Sustainable Model for Opencourseware DevelopmentEducational Technology Research & Development, 59(3).

Hilton, J., Wiley, D., Stein, J., Johnson, A. (2010). The Four R’s of Openness and ALMS Analysis: Frameworks for Open Educational Resources. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning

Wiley, D. & Hilton, J. (2009). Openness, Dynamic Specialization, and the Disaggregated Future of Higher EducationInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(5).


Bliss, TJ. (2013). A Model of Digital Textbook Quality from the Perspective of College Students. Dissertation.

Gurell, S. (2012). Measuring the Technical Difficulty in Reusing Open Educational Resources with the ALMS Analysis Framework. Dissertation.