An important element of open educational resources (OER) is the permission to use the materials in new ways, including revising and remixing them. Prior research has shown that the revision and remix rates for OER are relatively low. In this study we examined the extent to which the openly licensed Flat World Knowledge textbooks were being revised and remixed. We found that the levels of revision and remix were similar to those of other OER collections. We discuss the possible significance and implication of these findings.
Initial work in examining how open textbooks are reused. As with OERs the answer seems to be ‘not much’, in that people don’t make many modifications to them, but tend to use ‘as is’. Deletions seem to be the most common form of amendment – usually deleting content that is not relevant.