Open educational resources (OER) are not quite the driving force that some advocates might believe, due in large part to the effort required to locate and evaluate them, according to a study of more than 3,000 U.S. faculty.

The study, Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, attempts to discern the process faculty use to select educational materials used in their courses, and it focuses in part on OER awareness and use.

Though overall OER use is low overall, its use does increase somewhat for introductory-level courses with larger enrollments.

Only 5.3 percent of courses included in the study...

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