Rising Support for Open Materials

Support is rising for open materials on college campuses. A 2014-2015 survey shows significant movement on this issue. And four-fifths (81 percent) of the survey participants agree that “Open Source textbooks/Open Education Resource (OER) content “will be an important source for instructional resources in five years.”(post)

Encouragement of Open Resources Chart
(source)

Significant hurdles with implementation still exist. Only 6 percent of courses actually use educational materials, and IT leaders continue to focus more on the integration of technology into the classroom than the use of OER.

The results were part of the Campus Computing Survey, one of the largest surveys of Campus IT.

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Openness is not enough, when other barriers prevail. See Gated Openness.

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