Report: Faculty want more OER-here’s why

OER offer cost savings and high-quality materials, according to new reports and research.

Community college faculty show high levels of interest and engagement in OER and are likely to promote its use to colleagues, according to preliminary results from a national effort to expand community college degree programs.

The study, Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons, was released by Achieving the Dream (ATD) and conducted by SRI International and the rpk GROUP.

The report indicates that faculty at colleges participating in ATD’s OER Degree Initiative are changing their teaching and that students are at least as or more engaged using OER courses than students in non-OER classrooms.

Eighty-four percent of faculty members surveyed said students in the new OER courses had the same or a higher level of engagement with the learning materials as compared to courses they have taught using traditional course materials.

Meanwhile, faculty with experience in using open resources who received assistance from technology specialists and librarians in developing their courses were most likely to report changes in their teaching, the report says.

(Next page: Key findings and top barriers)

Laura Ascione