OER Survey and Adoption Growth: It pays to check source material

Phil Hill, e-Literate, Jan 21, 2019
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I had my own issues with the accuracy of a recent Chronicle's report on an OER study, and Phil Hill does a little fact-checking of his own and finds more problems. "The second paragraph shows a potential drop in adoption over the next three years for all faculty," he writes. "That would be major news showing that the OER movement hit an inflection point." But the study says nothing of the sort. "This survey asks faculty members who are not current users of open educational resources whether they expect to be using OER in the next three years." In fact, he says, "the percentage of faculty who used required OER material in any of their courses more than doubled this year."

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