Awareness of OER and OEP in Scottish Colleges – Survey Results

The Open Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) Project conducted a survey to find out about the level of awareness of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) among college staff in Scotland. In total 236 valid responses were collected in a seven-week period from February 1st, 2016 to March 20th, 2016. The survey was distributed in 24 Colleges, and responses were obtained from 16 of them. However, most respondents came from 5 institutions, making unadvisable any conclusion that these results are necessarily representative of the sector as a whole.

Key findings

  • Awareness of open educational resources (OER) among educators in Scotland’s colleges is very low
  • Awareness of CC licenses is lower than public domain or copyright (but awareness of all license types is higher than awareness of OER in general)
  • Most educators share teaching materials via their institutions VLE but few share them openly online
  • Quality and accuracy are the most important factors influencing educators’ choice of teaching material
  • Lack of awareness and not knowing how to use OER are perceived as the highest barriers to adoption of OER
  • Staff who attend CPD opportunities are more likely to engage with OER and OEP


  • Efforts to raise awareness of OER and OEP among teaching staff in Scotland’s colleges need to be scaled up
  • Opportunities for development around the use of OER in the curriculum (and especially the affordances and limitations of open licenses) should be provided
  • Colleges should consider the possibility of ‘opening up’ their VLEs, and establish how to best support and encourage their teaching staff to share resources openly

The full interim report is available for download following this link. We have also shared the anonymised survey data under a CC BY license on FigShare.

The infographic below highlights some of the survey results.

Posted on October 12, 2016, in Announcement, Dissemination, Report, Research, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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