Exploring faculty use of open educational resources at British Columbian post-secondary institutions

Posted on January 21st, 2016

This research report, developed by BCcampus and the OER Hub, examines the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) by post-secondary faculty in British Columbia. Faculty in research-intensive universities, teaching-intensive universities, and colleges/institutes were surveyed; the research examines their motivations, perceptions, and factors that help to enable or challenge OER use and adaption. Among some of the selected key findings were:

  • Faculty at research-intensive universities were more likely to adapt and create OER
  • The top three reasons faculty reported for using OER were for ideas and inspiration; to supplement existing coursework; and to prepare for teaching
  • The most frequently used types of OER were videos, images, and open textbooks

With the ever-increasing costs of textbooks, students at UBC have also become more vocal about student-led open education advocacy.