Survey of OER Awareness and Adoption at UNH

January 5, 2018

by UNH Open Education Working Group

The University of New Hampshire Survey Center conducted a survey of UNH faculty members about their usage, understanding, and needs from the University’s Open Educational Resources (OER) program.  Email invitations to complete the online survey went out to 1,188 UNH faculty members.  Overall, 437 faculty members responded to the survey, yielding a 23% response rate. 

Highlights of key findings include:

  • Over the past two years, most respondents indicated that they added or changed required course materials.  Over the same two-year period, slightly less than one-half of respondents have substantially modified an existing course, and one-third have created a new course.
  • Respondents indicated that they have significant discretion to select required materials for their courses; more than three-quarters are solely responsible for the decision and very few have no input at all in the process.
  • Respondents are most likely to think ease of finding/accessibility, cost to the student, and comprehensiveness of content and activities are the most important factors when selecting required course materials.
  • Respondents have expressed middling awareness of OER and Open Textbooks.  They are slightly more aware of OER than Open Textbooks.
  • More than half of respondents have used images and videos from OER as required or supplemental materials.  Fewer than 1 in 5 report using Open Textbooks or OER simulations.
  • Those who are aware of OER most frequently cite it being too hard to find what they need, not having enough resources for their subject, having no comprehensive catalog of resources, and the material not being high-quality as the most important deterrent to use of OER.
  • Respondents generally consider it somewhat easier to search for educational resources for their courses from traditional publishers than from OER.  Less than a quarter of respondents say it is “very easy” or “easy” to search for OER for their courses.
  • Respondents are most likely to cite assistance finding content, training opportunities, and technical support as the types of support or assistance that would help them incorporate OER in their courses.
  • More than half of respondents are very or somewhat familiar with Open Access Publishing.
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