How Faculty Think About OER

October 31, 2018

Open educational resources have grown a lot in the past decade, but many faculty members remain skeptical of the benefits of OER or confused about implementation. A new white paper from Steven Bell, Temple University's associate university librarian for research and instructional services, offers results of a survey of faculty members from several institutions.

"While a survey of this type is unable to yield deep insights into why faculty choose OER or what factors prevent them from doing so -- or if they are even aware of OER … it enables OER advocates and educators to better understand those factors that contribute to instructor decisions about their educational materials," Bell writes in the executive summary. (Inside Higher Ed's new 2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology, published today, provides some national data on OER and other topics.)


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