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SOURCE Babson Survey Research Group
Adoption levels of OER textbooks in high enrollment introductory level courses now rival that of commercial alternatives.
WELLESLEY, Mass., Dec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Awareness of open educational resources (OER) among U.S. higher education teaching faculty continues to improve, but still remains less than a majority, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG).
The study, Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2017 was supported by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is based on responses of over 2,700 faculty, which shows incremental improvements in almost all measured OER awareness and adoption metrics.
Key findings from the report include:
The study also provides a detailed examination of textbook adoption among faculty teaching the largest enrollment introductory-level courses. These faculty were provided with lists of textbooks, one of which was an open text from OpenStax (selected to provide a consistent open alternative for all courses).
"The OpenStax results among large enrollment introductory-level courses shows that OER can be successful," said Dr. Julia Seaman, Research Director for the Babson Survey Research Group. "OpenStax has been able to reach penetration levels equal to most of their commercial competitors, with equal levels of faculty satisfaction, in a very short time. A continuing concern on the part of faculty remains the limited nature of OER materials, particularly the lack of associated materials like tests, quizzes, and homework assignments that are typically provided by commercial alternatives."
The complete report, Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2017 is released under a Creative Commons license and is available for download at https://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/oer.html.
About Babson Survey Research Group The Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College (https://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/) conducts regional, national, and international research projects, including survey design, sampling methodology, data integrity, statistical analyses and reporting.
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