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Report: Most Educators are Aware of OER, Don’t Understand OER Licensing

Posted on 11/06/2017

A new report examines who the decision-makers are in curriculum adoptions and finds that a sizable percentage of schools have chosen open educational resources in the last three years.

Most school districts, 77 percent, have made at least one full-course curriculum adoption decision in the last three years, according to a new report  from the Babson Survey Research Group . Teachers are most likely to have a role in those decisions, according to the results, with 93 percent of respondents saying they are decision makers and another 6 percent saying they have a role in offering advice.

District-level administrators, by contrast, came in second, with 75 percent of respondents naming them decision makers and 19 percent saying they have a role in offering advice regarding full-course curriculum decisions. Principals rounded out the top three, named decision makers by 73 percent of respondents and advisers by 18 percent. .To access the full report, visit .

Source: THE Journal

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