OPAL’s (Open Education Quality Initiative) report entitled “Beyond OER – Shifting Focus to Open Educations Practices” is available for reading and download below.

In the report, OPAL identifies 19 potential barriers to the use of OER, and asks survey respondents to rate them as “Very Important,” “Important,” “Unimportant,” and “Very unimportant.”

The results are as follows:

8 Highest Scoring Barriers Rated “Very Important”

  1. Insufficient reward system for educational professionals devoting time and energy to OER development
  2. Lack of policies at institutional level to support the creation or use of OER
  3. Insufficient support from the management level of higher education institutions
  4. Lack of policies at national/regional level to support the creation or use of OER
  5. Lack of interest in pedagogical innovation among educational professionals
  6. Educational professionals lack the time to create or use
  7. Educational professionals lack the skills to create or use
  8. Lack of interest in creating or using OER’

8 Highest Scoring Barriers Rated “Very Unimportant”

  1. Lack of access to computers
  2. Lack of Internet connectivity
  3. Lack of software to adapt the resources to the user’s purpose
  4. Lack of OER in the user’s native language
  5. Learners lack the skills to create or use OER
  6. Lack of quality of the OER
  7. Not invented here syndrome: no trust in others’ resources
  8. Learners lack the time to create or use OER

To view the full report, see below:

BeyondOER