Teachers and students involved in a large-scale OER initiative at eight community colleges across the United States were given a detailed questionnaire aimed at uncovering their perceptions of the cost, outcomes, uses and perceptions of quality of the OER used in their courses. An OER COUP: College Teacher and Student Perceptions of Open Educational Resources. More recent developments include Udacity ( Coursera ( and Ed X ( which intend to make learning resources freely available and provide low-cost certification as well.
Despite promising early results in the K-12 space, no empirical work around the costs, outcomes, uses, and perceptions of open textbooks appears to have been done in community college settings.
While much work has been done to create, disseminate, and champion OER, relatively little theory-based, generalizable research has been done to examine its use and impacts (Bateman, Lane & Moon 2012).