Open educational resources could make up 12 percent of the market for textbooks and other course materials and 19 percent of supplemental materials within five years, according to a survey of OER users, traditional textbook users and industry experts conducted by Cengage Learning. Those shares are triple and quadruple, respectively, what they are today. A majority of faculty members (77.5 percent) who did not use OER in their courses at the time they were surveyed also said they would consider or expect to be using OER within three years. As other surveys have shown, many faculty members are still unaware of OER, and there exist some major barriers preventing faculty members from switching from traditional textbooks. In Cengage's survey, 39 percent of respondents said they had never heard of OER, and about half said the lack of a comprehensive catalog is keeping them from using OER.
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