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.
January 15, 2018