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Faculty survey finds awareness of open educational resources improving

TitleFaculty survey finds awareness of open educational resources improving
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2017
PublisherCision: PR Newswire
Access Year2017
EditionDec. 19 2017 13:47 ET
Access Date2017-12-23
Date Published12/2017
Secondary PublisherBabson Survey Research Group
KeywordsOER awareness, OER barriers to adoption, Open textbook, OpenStax

Key findings from the report include:

Faculty awareness of OER has increased, with 30 percent of faculty reporting that they were "Aware" or "Very Aware" of open educational resources, up from 25 percent last year and 20 percent the year before.

Only 9 percent of courses are using open textbooks (includes public domain and Creative Commons licensed), but this is up from 5 percent last year.

A majority of faculty classify cost as "Very important" for their selection of required course materials. Faculty report that their required textbooks have an average price of $97, and only 22% say that they are "Very satisfied" with that cost.

Only a third of faculty report that 90% or more of their students have purchased the required textbook.
The barriers to adopting OER most often cited by faculty are that "there are not enough resources for my subject" (49 percent) and it is "too hard to find what I need" (50 percent).


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