Incentivizing faculty for open educational resources (OER) adoption and open textbook authoring

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Abstract

This survey assessed the experiences of faculty who participated in a textbook affordability program at Rutgers University. The program provided incentive awards in exchange for replacing commercial textbooks with affordable course materials such as open educational resources (OER), self-developed course materials, course reserves, or library-licensed content. The survey collected faculty's perceptions about the award program, experiences with OER, and interest in open textbook authoring. Responses suggest that the program is well received and that funds are adequate for adopting new course materials. However, they also indicate that even participating faculty vary greatly in their knowledge and use of OER and their interest in authoring open textbooks. Ultimately, these survey results indicate the lack of a “one size fits all” approach to incentivizing the adoption of affordable course materials, the use of OER, and the creation of new open resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102220
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

Keywords

  • Faculty awards
  • Incentive awards
  • Open educational resources (OER)
  • Textbook affordability

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