Report: Community Colleges Split on OER Adoption

April 26, 2017

An annual survey conducted by the Instructional Technology Council of the American Association of Community Colleges revealed that 57 percent of respondents believe that in three to five years, open education resources would have a significant impact on community colleges -- but 41 percent said they would have very little impact.

The 2016 ITC eLearning Report said that roadblocks to OER adaption among community colleges are time needed to locate and evaluate resources (77 percent), lack of faculty awareness (70 percent), lack of ancillary materials (45 percent) and credibility of sources (45 percent).

Meanwhile, the respondents said their institutions' online program enrollments only grew by 1 percent from fall 2015 to fall 2016.

According to the report, 53 percent of online community college students are 18 to 25 years old and 44 percent are 26 years or older. Sixty percent are women and 40 percent are men. 

Seventy eight of the ITC's members (a total of 30 percent) answered the survey.


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