Babson Report on OER in US Higher Education

Phil Hill, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Nov 29, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Phil Hill reports on this survey of a fairly narrow spectrum - U.S. higher Chief Academic Officers (CAOs), and (separately) some U.S. faculty leaders. The survey reveals an awareness of open educational resources (OERs) - but not so much as one might think. It's hard to reconcile the CAO report that OERs are used 50 percent of the time (p. 30) while faculty report 83 percent usage of digital materials (the bast bulk of which will be OERs). Difficulty finding and lack of a catalog are the biggest barriers to the use of OERs - no surprise there.

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