May 16, 2022

Research Article: “Academic Librarians Examination of University Students’ and Faculty’s Perceptions of Open Educational Resources”

The article linked to below was published online today (October 27, 2020) by Open Praxis.


Academic Librarians Examination of University Students’ and Faculty’s Perceptions of Open Educational Resources


Lane Fischer
Brigham Young University

Olga Belikov
Brigham Young University

Tarah K. Ikahihifo
Brigham Young University

John Hilton III
Brigham Young University

David Wiley
Lumen Learning

M. Troy Martin
Brigham Young University


Open Praxis
Vol. 12 Issue 3, July–September 2020
DOI: 10.5944/openpraxis.12.3.1081


A survey of 2,574 students and 1,157 faculty members across ten institutions of postsecondary education in the state of Utah was conducted by the Utah Academic Libraries Consortium. Survey items were created to understand the influence of textbook costs on student academic behavior and the viability of faculty adopting open educational resources (OER) as a solution to the cost of textbooks and the possible need for librarian support of OER. Two-year and four-year institutions were compared to identify differences that might exist between them. Most students felt that their academic success was negatively impacted by textbook cost, particularly at two-year institutions where students registered for fewer courses because of associated textbook costs. Faculty survey findings showed that adjunct professors were more likely to require a traditionally copyright-restricted textbook. Approximately 90% of participants indicated they would be willing to use suitable OER for their course, and almost half of survey participants expressed a desire for help finding these resources.

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