Each year, SPARC will produce a report using the data collected through Connect OER. Reports will provide a snapshot of the state of OER at participating campuses, and analyze the data for insights on best practices, current trends, and the collective impact being achieved through OER. Our intent is that these insights will help inform SPARC members, the open education community, and the library community about the progress of the OER movement, and the role of libraries within it.
2016-2017 Annual report
The data from our 2016-2017 report encompass 65 SPARC member libraries spanning 31 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces who participated in the pilot. Our analysis provides a snapshot of what is happening on the ground level with OER at this subset of institutions. From this data we have derived six key insights:
- Libraries are the most engaged entity on campus in efforts to advance OER.
- Within libraries, the department most actively engaged in advancing OER is Scholarly Communications.
- Mathematics and statistics is the academic subject with the most OER traction.
- Nearly half of the participating institutions have a faculty or staff person with explicit OER responsibilities.
- OER grant programs are the most common type of OER program reported.
- SPARC member institutions saved students an estimated $5 million through the use of OER in the 2016-2017 academic year.