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Slow increase in OER

VU International News and Reviews No. 104 January 15 2018

January 2018

Two researchers of the Babson Survey Research Group report on developments in Open Educational Resources in “Opening the Textbook; Educational Resources in the US, 2017”. They note that Open Educational Resources are still on a slow upward curve in awareness and appreciation among academics. 10% of the 2700 respondents report that they are “very aware” of open educational resources and 20% “aware”. But there is a steady and continuing increase in both awareness and appreciation, particularly for introductory courses. The appreciation for the non-profit OER platform OpenStax has grown to be equal to that of commercial textbooks.

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