In this paper, we share our findings from a curricular innovation project: a small pilot study replacing a conventional professional communication textbook with an open access book. Results showed that students received the change favorably and a final grade comparison showed no variation between similar courses that used conventional books and those that used open access books. While far from definitive, this study demonstrates the promise of open access books and open educational resources (OER), and that further study is needed in this area.
Huntsman, Sherena; Edenfield, Avery C.; and Davis, Erin L.
"Open Access Textbooks in a Professional Communication Classroom: A Pilot Study,"
Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/jete/vol4/iss1/7