Though some place more trust in traditionally published materials, many studies have shown that OERs can be just as effective as a printed textbook. Students tend to appreciate lessened cost of course materials, as well as appreciate the ease of access and portability of digital texts. OERs come in many forms as well, and those who respond well to auditory or visual teaching will appreciate the various multimedia formats in which OERs are available. Browse the research on this page to see what researchers studying use and perceptions of OERs are finding out about people's use and perceptions of these materials.
This video from Research Shorts explains how OERs benefit students, and addresses the concerns some people may have due to negative perceptions of using free resources in academia.