Survey Instrument: Parts 2-3

Part II: Current Knowledge & Awareness of OER

Definition

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “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 repurposing by others” (William & Flora Hewlett Foundation). These free, online resources can come in a variety of formats, and include full textbooks, test banks, lecture slides, lecture recordings, lesson plans, videos, animations, interactive course modules, software, and more.

The open licenses under which these resources are released allow the OER to be adapted and edited by users who can update the material, add or remove content for their own course, or release updated versions online.

10) How confident do you feel about your overall understanding of OER?

  • Very confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Indifferent
  • Somewhat unconfident
  • Not at all confident

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10a) (If 10 = Somewhat confident → Very confident) How did you first learn about OER?

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11) Have you ever used an Open Educational Resource in any of your courses?

  • Yes
  • No

11a) (If 11 = Yes) What types of OER have you utilized in your course(s)? (Select all that apply)

  • Images or infographics
  • Interactive games or simulations
  • Videos
  • Lesson plans
  • Assignments
  • Tests and quizzes
  • Open textbooks
  • Open textbook chapters
  • Articles
  • Slides and Presentations
  • Training materials
  • Video lectures/tutorials
  • Modules from an existing course
  • Other (Please specify)

11a1) (If 11 = Yes) How difficult was it for you to find OER in your subject area?

  • Very easy
  • Somewhat easy
  • Neither easy nor difficult
  • Somewhat difficult
  • Very difficult

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11a2) (If 11 = Yes) How satisfied are you with the OER that you have used in your course(s)?

  • Very satisfied
  • Somewhat satisfied
  • Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
  • Somewhat dissatisfied
  • Very dissatisfied

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11a3) (If 11 = Yes) Have you created or adapted any of the Open Educational Resources that you have used in your course(s)?

  • Created
  • Adapted
  • Both created and adapted
  • Neither created nor adapted

11b) (If 11 = No) Would you be interested in utilizing OER in one of your courses?

  • Yes
  • No

11b1) (If 11b = No) What factors are currently preventing you from utilizing OER in any of your courses?

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12) What skills do you believe are the most important to develop to use OER effectively?

Likert scale: (Extremely important, Very important, Moderately important, Slightly important, Not at all important)

  • Awareness of available OER repositories
  • Ability to navigate OER repositories’ search features
  • Awareness of OER evaluation rubrics
  • Awareness of accessibility requirements for online learning content
  • Understanding how to integrate OER into your Learning Management System (LMS/CMS)
  • Understanding how to open and edit existing OER in various formats
  • Understanding of open licensing standards
  • Understanding of pedagogical uses for OER
  • Understanding of copyright & intellectual property rights (IPR) law

13) What skills do you believe are the most important to develop to become an effective OER creator?

Likert scale: (Extremely important, Very important, Moderately important, Slightly important, Not at all important)

  • Ability to develop meaningful metadata for OER
  • Ability to deposit created materials into an existing OER repository
  • Ability to utilize OER-specific creation tools (such as OpenAuthor or Pressbooks)
  • Awareness of OER assessment strategies
  • Awareness of accessibility requirements for online learning content
  • Understanding how to open and edit existing OER in various formats
  • Understanding of website design and management
  • Understanding of open licensing standards
  • Understanding of copyright & intellectual property rights (IPR) law

Part III: Institutional Support for OER Use

14) Does your institution provide any workshops to instructors who might be interested in using OER in their courses?

  • Yes (Please provide a link, if possible) 
  • No
  • Unsure

14a) (If 14 = Yes) Have you ever participated in one of these workshops?

  • Yes
  • No

14a1) (If 14a = Yes) What did you learn from this workshop?

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15) Has your institution implemented an initiative or grants program focused on encouraging instructors to adopt or create Open Educational Resources?

  • Yes (Please provide a link, if possible) 
  • No
  • Unsure

15a) (If 15 = Yes) Have you utilized any of the support available at your institution? (e.g. workshops, funding, other assistance)

  • Yes
  • No

15a1) (If 15a = No) What has deterred you from utilizing the OER support available at your institution? (Select all that apply)

  • A lack of assistance with locating and evaluating OER
  • A lack of assistance with instructional design
  • A lack of support targeted at my discipline/subject area
  • A lack of departmental support from peer & supervisors/managers
  • A lack of financial incentives to adapt or create an OER (grants, stipends)
  • A lack of professional or social acknowledgement of OER use
  • Other (Please specify)

15b) (If 15 = No or Unsure) What sort of OER support would you like to receive from your institution? (Select all that apply)

  • Assistance locating and evaluating OER
  • Assistance with instructional design
  • Support targeted at my discipline/subject area
  • Departmental support from peers & supervisors/managers
  • Financial incentives to adapt or create an OER (grants, stipends)
  • A letter of commendation or other acknowledgement of OER use
  • Other (Please specify)

16) Do you feel that your institution provides sufficient support for instructors in your discipline who are interested in adopting OER? Why or why not?

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Identifying OER Needs by Discipline by Abbey K. Elder is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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