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Infographic: Open Educational Resources-Why They Have Yet to Reach Their Full Potential

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Learn why OER is poised to become an important element of higher education

Open Educational Resources are becoming more and more popular. Check out this infographic that shows why OER should be considered an integral part of higher education.

This infographic was sponsored by D2L and created by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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More college students are taking advantage of open educational resources – textbooks and course materials that are free and can be altered and repurposed. Yet faculty adoption of OER, as it is known, is slow with significant barriers. For open-access materials to truly transform learning and teaching and help reduce educational costs for students, a greater effort may be needed to convince professors of its benefits.

More Students are Using OER

  • In 2016, 1.6 Million
  • 2015, 555,000
  • 2014, 210,000
  • 2103, 45,000

And New Players are Supporting It

  • 65%: Percent of publishers that want to couple copyrighted textbooks with open materials
  • $5 million: How much Congress recently set aside for an OER pilot
  • 38: Number of community colleges now using OER to redesign degree programs

But Professors Haven’t Fully Embraced It

  • 2015-16: 5% of faculty using open-access textbooks
  • 2016-17: only 9%

And They Have Concerns

  • 50%: Difficult to find what I need
  • 47%: Lack of resources for my subject
  • 29%: Concern about updates
  • 28%: Not high quality
  • 23%: Questions on permission to use or charge

So, Will Faculty Attitudes Change?

Will you use open educational resources in the next three years?

  • 7%: Yes
  • 37%: Will consider
  • 35%: Might consider
  • 15%: Don’t know
  • 6%: Not interested

THE KEY QUESTION FOR THE FUTURE OF OER IS: What does it take to get more professors to Yes?

SOURCES: OpenStax; Open Educational Resources: Global Report for 2017; Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2017 Open Educational Resources: Why They Have Yet to Reach Their Full Potential was written by Frieda Klotz. The Chronicle is fully responsible for the report’s editorial content. ©2018 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced without prior written permission of The Chronicle. For permission requests, contact us at

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