Title: Adoption of open educational resources in California colleges and universities

Authors: Ruth A. Guthrie; Katherine D. Harris; Peter Krapp

Addresses: California Polytechnic State University, 1801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768-2557, USA ' San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, California 95192-0090, USA ' University of California, Irvine, 2321 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA 92697-4035, USA

Abstract: The California Open Educational Resources Council (CAOERC) was formed in 2014 to find solutions to reduce the cost of college textbooks without impacting quality. Comprised of faculty from California's three public higher education systems, the CAOERC conducted a field study of 16 faculty using OER materials to discover practical knowledge about the challenges of adopting OER textbooks. The quality of the OER textbooks received positive reviews. The faculty also reported being more engaged with their teaching. The faculty felt that availability of OER support materials was a challenge to implementing OER. The following article presents the results of the CAOERC's study.

Keywords: open educational resources; OERs; textbook adoption; OER research; California; university; open textbooks; open access textbooks; public domain textbooks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2018.093559

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2018 Vol.9 No.3, pp.241 - 257

Received: 05 Dec 2017
Accepted: 01 Feb 2018

Published online: 11 Jul 2018 *

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