What Are the Impacts of Adopting OER?

The OER Adoption Impact Explorer helps you understand some of the impacts of adopting OER instead of commercial textbooks.
Change the values below to match data from your institution to see how OER adoption can benefit your students and institution.
Charts, graphs, and language will update in real time as you make changes.

Institutional Settings

Research-based Settings

The default values for these Research-based Settings are taken from research conducted by the Open Education Group. The articles reporting these studies, which included over 40,000 students at 11 institutions, are currently under review for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Tinker with the values to explore the various impacts OER can have on your students and campus.

Total Textbook Cost to Students

% of Day One Students Earning a C or Better

Student Success Per Required Textbook Dollar

Tuition Revenue Refunded to Students Who Drop

Tuition Revenue from Increased Enrollment Intensity

Students whose faculty assign OER can reinvest their textbook savings in taking additional courses. If the average OER user enrolls in an additional credit(s), the institution stands to receive an additional $ in tuition revenue.

Net Institutional Revenue Change

Net institutional revenue change is calculated as (tuition revenue not refunded) + (tuition revenue from increased enrollment intensity) - (lost bookstore revenue).


The OER Adoption Impact Explorer, version 0.8, is a joint project of the Open Education Group and Lumen Learning. Figures provided by the Explorer are estimates. The OER Adoption Impact Explorer is written in R and delivered by Shiny.