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Study: Open Educational Resources and Market Growth

September 8, 2016

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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Carl Straumsheim

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Correspondent, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He got his start in journalism as a video game blogger for Norway's third largest paper, Dagbladet, at age 15, and has since dabbled in media criticism, investigative reporting and political coverage. Straumsheim (pronounced STROMS-hyme) boasts that he once received a perfect score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which enabled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in English from LaGrange College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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