Campus tech leaders report more support for free educational materials

Posted on November 3rd, 2015

A recent survey of college technology leaders found that there is growing support for open textbooks and open educational resources (OERs) in higher education. According to the Campus Computing Survey, 81 percent of respondents felt that open educational resources will “be an important source for instructional material in the next five years. And 38 percent report that their institutions encourage faculty members to use open-resource content, compared with 33 percent in 2014.” These survey findings are reflected in the growing use of open educational resources and textbooks in BC, with the development of the BC Open Textbook Project, and at UBC, where a number of programs, such as Physics 100, have recently successfully included open textbooks and OERs as instructional resources.