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Open Education Resources (OERs): Faculty Survey

A Guide to OERs: Their implementation and Evaluation.

Earl S. Richardson Library Open Education Resources Awareness and Experience Faculty Survey

Richardson Library's "OERs@HBCUs" project is oriented around understanding how the cost of course materials, textbooks especially, affects access to education and academic performance; and how libraries can facilitate the evaluation, use and creation of alternatives to high-cost resources like OERs.    The project includes a survey taken every semester of students attitudes and experiences with high-cost textbooks and the impact of these resources on their academic achievement.

This survey represents a complement to the student survey about and evaluates faculty attitude on the same themes.

The data collected by these surveys will enable Richardson Library to make informed decisions about outreach and support for no- and low-cost alternatives to high-price education resources; and allow us to contribute to a body of knowledge about education and achievement at HBCUs in general.


PART I. Attitudes towards textbooks and their cost

This section evaluates faculty opinions regarding textbook cost and how textbooks are chosen in different departments.

PART II. OERs Awareness and Knowledge

This Section evaluates knowledge about OERS to help Richardson Libraries understand how they can promote open resources to faculty.

PART III Role of Richardson Library in Facilitating OER Adoption.

This section evaluates faculty expectations about Librarians and their role in facilitating OER adoption.

PART IV Background Information.

To collect basic information about faculty respondents.

PART I. Attitudes towards textbooks and their cost

  1. Are you worried about the impact of textbook costs on your students’ academic achievement?



  1.  Have you ever discussed alternatives to high-cost textbooks with colleagues?



  1.  Who has primary responsibility in selecting educational resources for use in the courses you teach?

                    I do

                    Dept. coordinator

                    Faculty committee

                    Dept. Chair


       If 3 = "I do" Then continue to 4 

  1. When selecting teaching resources, what factors are most important to you?

                    Covers the subjects I wish to teach



    Proven to improve student performance

    Used by other course faculty members

    Supplemental online teaching resources

  1. Have you ever created a reader instead of using a textbook?



PART II. OERs Awareness and Knowledge

  1.  How aware of you of Open education Resources (OER)

NOTE: OER is defined as "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others." Unlike traditionally copyrighted material, these resources are available for "open" use, which means users can edit, modify, customize, and share them.

      I am not aware of OERs

                   I have heard of OER, but don't know much about them

      I am somewhat aware of OER but I am not sure how they can be used

      I am aware of OER and some of their uses

      I am very aware of OER and know how they can be used in the classroom

IF 6 = “I am not aware of OER”, THEN go to Background Information.
IF 6 = “I have heard of OER, but don't know much about them” THEN go to Background Information.
IF 6 = “I am somewhat aware of OER but I am not sure how they can be used” THEN go to Background Information.
IF 6 = “I am aware of OER and some of their uses”, THEN continue to 7
IF 6 = “I am very aware of OER and know how they can be used in the classroom” THEN continue to 7.
  1. Do you think you will use OER Textbooks in the next three years?



  1. Select any of the following OER and Public Domain resources are you familiar with:


                       OER Commons


                       Bloomsbury Academic

                       Open Academics

                       College Open Textbooks

                       Global Textbook Project


                       Project Gutenberg

  1. How familiar are you with the following license types (for each select one: Not at all, somewhat, very)

                 Public Domain


                 Creative Commons

  1. Do you use OERs in your classes?



IF 10 = NO THEN continue to 11

IF 10 = YES THEN continue to 12

  1. If you do not use OERs, please share why (Check all that apply)

 Too difficult to integrate into technology I use

 Not enough resources for my subject

 Too hard to find what I need

 Not knowing if I have permission to use or change

 Not used by other faculty I know

 Not effective at improving student performance

 Not relevant to my local context

 Too difficult to use

 Not high-quality

 Too difficult to change or edit

 No comprehensive list

 Not enough time

 Lack of support from my institution

 Other (please specify)

  1. How easy is to find OERs for your course(s)?

             Not at all

Somewhat easy

Very easy

PART III Role of Richardson Library in Facilitating OER Adoption.


  1.  What role do you see librarians playing in OER at Morgan State University? (check all that apply)

Present information on licensing and copyright to help you understand proper use of OER

Provide OER through library resources

Curate subject-specific OER and publish on a website

Serve as subject specialists (librarians assigned to department)

No role

Other (please specify)

  1.  Given assistance by librarians, would you consider producing and alternative to a publisher’s text by using: (select all that apply)

Low/no cost open educational textbooks

Library ebooks

Library databases

Library online videos

Open access journal articles

  1. Do you believe that you will work with a librarian in the next three years to discover appropriate OERs?

                        I have already done so



PART IV. Background Information

  1. What is your gender?




  1. Status



  1.  What is your primary departmental affiliation?

[Narrative Response]

  1.  How many years have you been at Morgan?





  1.   Select your age range?  

            [18-25, 26-30, 31 – 35, 36- 40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60, 61-65, 66-70, 71 and above]

  1. Enter any other comments:  

[Narrative response]

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