Chief Academic Officers and Faculty Survey Finds Use of Open Educational Resources Remains Consistent but Low

   Chief Academic Officers and Faculty Survey Finds Use of Open Educational
                     Resources Remains Consistent but Low

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Nov. 7, 2012

New report from Babson Survey Research Group, Hewlett Foundation and Pearson
cites key barriers to widespread adoption of OER material in higher education

BOSTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Chief Academic Officers and
faculty at non-profit and for-profit institutions of higher education report
that the adoption of open educational resources remains consistent but low,
due to key barriers such as the lack of a single, comprehensive resource,
according to a new report from Babson Survey Research Group, Hewlett
Foundation and Pearson.

The survey of Chief Academic Officers from institutions of all types, and
teaching faculty from across all types of higher education institutions,
tracked attitudes and consumption of OER content from 2009 through 2011. The
results focused on four main areas, including current use, potential value,
awareness and barriers.

Key findings of the survey include:

  oUse of OER remains consistent but low, with little increase seen over
    time; 50 percent reported that they "Currently use" OER content in online
    courses in 2011, while 49 percent reported that they "Currently use" OER
    material in 2009
  oMore than 50 percent of chief academic leaders have a very positive view
    of OER material and its potential value to their institution
  oChief Academic Officers and faculty report that key barriers to adopting
    OER are the lack of a single, comprehensive catalog of content, difficulty
    finding content, and concerns about time and energy spent selecting and
    evaluating the material
  oPublic non-profit institutions are most aware of OER material; nearly 60
    percent report being "Aware" or "Very aware"
  oOpen Education Resources are not well known among chief academic officers;
    one-half are either "Not aware" or are only "Somewhat aware"

Dr. Elaine Allen, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group, said, "The
increasing awareness and use of open education resources in higher education
has the potential to radically increase the curriculum options available to
faculty. It also has the potential to reduce the cost of new course

Survey respondents also commented on the main criteria for selecting and using
OER material. These include ease-of-use, affordability (free or low cost),
ability to search and find content quickly, easy integration with any leading
LMS, ability to align to particular learning outcomes, and ability for faculty
to rate and comment on OER material.

The complete report, Growing the Curriculum: Open Education Resources in
Higher Education, 2012 is available as a free download at

About Pearson
Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and
market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer
publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital
education materials, including personalized learning programs such as
MyLab/Mastering, education services including custom publishing,
content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository, and
the Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform and OpenClass online
learning environment.

About Babson Survey Research Group
The Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College
( conducts regional, national, and
international research projects, including survey design, sampling
methodology, data integrity, statistical analyses and reporting.

SOURCE Babson Survey Research Group

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