Drill Down

Open education resources (OER) have become a popular avenue for teachers to freely share learning materials. This month's survey data shows the variety of ways teachers are using OER to benefit learning, and how that use has evolved over the past three years.


  • Lesson plans are the most common type of open education resource that teachers report using.
  • Only 15 percent of teachers say they have not used OER in their classroom.
  • The percent of “as-is” use of lessons has plummeted, perhaps indicating teachers have grown comfortable adapting lessons.

During the past 12 months, what type of open education resources have you used in your classroom? (Multiple responses allowed.)

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What is the primary way that you use open education resources? (Multiple responses allowed.)

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Drill Down--Data courtesy of Speak Up 2008, an annual national research project that surveys K-12 students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Speak Up is produced by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization providing leadership, research, and programming to support science, math, and technology education in America's schools.

This article originally appeared in the November-December 2009 issue of THE Journal.