FlatWorld Survey Shows How Professors Evaluate Textbooks

FlatWorld published the results of a survey of 139 professors in various academic fields (about 70% were from 4-year colleges; 30% from 2-year colleges) who have used FlatWorld learning materials. According to the company, “The results shed light on a variety of criteria that professors use to evaluate textbooks, concerns about open education resources, and a continued demand for print in an increasingly digital world.” Findings include the following:

  • Cost is the most-cited consideration for adopting new textbooks …
  • Print is still a valuable resource …
  • Professors’ primary OER concern is quality of material …
  • Newness is an important adoption criterion …

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