Open Educational Resources (OER) have made significant gains in awareness and adoption
over the last year.
Faculty awareness continues to rise, with 46% percent of faculty now aware of OER,
up from 34% three years ago.
The percent of faculty who use OER as a required course material in at least one course
has more than doubled to 13% this year, up from 6% last year.
More than a fifth (22%) of faculty who teach introductory courses use OER as a required
material in at least one course.
Of the faculty who do not use OER, nearly three-quarters (74%) were open to considering
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of department chairpersons and most (61%) of all faculty
“Agree” or “Strongly Agree” that the cost of course materials is a serious problem
for their students.
For the first time, more faculty expressed a preference for digital course materials
(40%) than print (25%).
The majority of faculty report making changes to their textbooks, most commonly presenting
material in a different order (70%), skipping sections (68%), and replacing content
with their own (45%)
How do I get started with OER?
The OER Starter Kit is a handbook intended for faculty and staff interested in the use and creation of
open OER. The book is broken up into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding
OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Each chapter is accompanied with learning
objectives and most chapters feature interactive quizzes and other opportunities for
readers to engage with the text. The content is appropriate for those who are completely
new to OER and those with a more advanced understanding of the topic. Although some
examples provided in the text are specific to Iowa State University, these examples
are limited and the text can be used by instructors at any institution.