OER Material: Survey Finds Use of Open Educational Resources Remains Consistent but Low
A new survey produced by the Babson Survey Research Group, Hewlett Foundation and Pearson cites key barriers to widespread adoption of OER material in higher education.
“When quickly skimmed” says Verena Roberts @verenanz from Openclassroomonline.com, “it’s about changing a mindset. There is no good reason for a textbook anymore with OER. So, until there is a paradigm shift to accepting what we don’t know, being OK with how we didn’t learn and seeing students as peers, OER won’t fly and the stats will stay the same.”
Key findings of the survey include:
- Use of OER material remains consistent but low, with little increase seen over time; 50 percent reported that they “Currently use” OER content in online courses in 2011, while 49 percent reported that they “Currently use” OER material in 2009
- More than 50 percent of chief academic leaders have a very positive view of OER material and its potential value to their institution
- Chief Academic Officers and faculty report that key barriers to adopting OER are the lack of a single, comprehensive catalog of content, difficulty finding content, and concerns about time and energy spent selecting and evaluating the material
- Public non-profit institutions are most aware of OER material; nearly 60 percent report being “Aware” or “Very aware”
- Open Education Resources are not well known among chief academic officers; one-half are either “Not aware” or are only “Somewhat aware”
See related information in the OER Fair and Reasonable Practice Survey – International comparison of what educators consider fair and reasonable when sharing.
The complete report, Growing the Curriculum: Open Education Resources in Higher Education, 2012 is available as a free download at (http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/oer.html)