The Open Aspect of OER creates different usage and adoption patterns than other online resources (People use OER differently from other online materials)

Summary: Understanding of open licenses is growing, and while many educators state that open licensing is important, this does not always transfer into their own practice. For learners the presence of an open licence is not seen as important.

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Student impact

Use of OER leads to improvement in student performance and satisfaction (OER improve student performance/satisfaction)

Summary: Educators show strong belief that OER improve student performance and satisfaction, learners less so. Where comparative data points exist there is some evidence that performance is improved by OER use. MOOC completion rates are low but satisfaction of ‘completers’ is high.

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