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Wednesday, November 27 • 14:30 - 14:40
Supporting Open Educational Practices (OEP) through Open Textbooks: A survey of UK HE Educators

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The Hewlett funded UK Open Textbooks project (2017-2018) had two aims. First, to investigate awareness of open textbooks within UK Higher Education (HE). Second, to test two highly successful open textbook models of adoption (OpenStax; Open Textbook Network) to assess their transferability to the UK context. To better understand textbook use patterns and the issues faced by students and educators, UK Open Textbooks conducted an incentivised survey of UK educators in September 2018. This presentation will report on the findings of this survey which focused on awareness of open educational resources (OER), textbook use and rationale, awareness and use of open textbooks and open licensing.

The survey work carried out by UK Open Textbooks, and the experience of testing two methods of raising awareness and adoption through workshops and promotional activity, reveal a fertile ground for open textbook adoption with the potential to support a wide range of associated open educational practices. Our findings indicate that the same challenges are consistently experienced across the whole of the UK and indicate possible strategies for raising awareness and supporting pedagogical innovation and student access through the mainstream adoption of open textbooks.

Speakers
avatar for Beck Pitt

Beck Pitt

The Open University
Our mission is to increase access to education through the provision of free, high quality, openly licensed textbooks. OpenStax resources have been used by 3.47 million students worldwide, saving £265 million since the publication of our first textbook in 2012. Come to DS21 in the... Read More →
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Robert Farrow

Research Associate, The Open University
Research Fellow @openuniversity / Open Education through a philosophical lens / Projects: @oer_hub @gogn_oer @oerworldmap @JIME_journal / Cat: @tailz_of_terror Project URLS: http://oerhub.net/ https://oerworldmap.org/ http://go-gn.net/ http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/
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Martin Weller

The Open University
Digital scholarship, open education, OER Research Hub, ICDE Chair in OER, Battle for Open book
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Katy Jordan

PhD student, Consultant


Wednesday November 27, 2019 14:30 - 14:40
BL27.08 ground floor classroom - Presentations