On this Evaluate OER page: review evaluation questions to ask yourself when assessing OER for potential use; review OER evaluation and accessibility rubric samples; and browse for OER on OER sites with peer and accessibility reviews
With so many freely available resources online, choosing OER can be overwhelming. These evaluation areas and questions can help faculty and staff when choosing resources for use in the classroom or in their work.
Is the information accurate?
Are there major content errors or omissions? Are there spelling errors or typos?
Does the information directly address one or more of the class outcomes?
Is there inclusive content that reflects a variety of races, ethnicities, abilities, gender, and backgrounds?
Is there content that is cultural insensitive and/or biased?
Is the information clear and understandable?
Is the layout and interface easy to navigate?
Do the design features enhance learning?
For audio or video resources, is the sound quality high?
Is the resource available in alternative formats, including editable formats (e.g., Word .docx, OpenDocument .otd, etc.)?
For audio or video resources, is there a transcript or subtitles?
Does the resource encourage active learning and class participation?
Are there opportunities for students to test their understanding of the material (e.g. a video with embedded questions)?
Are there ancillary materials available (e.g. quizzes, handouts, discussion forums, slides, case studies, etc.)?
Is there a clear open license or terms of usage included?
Does the license allow for educational reuse of the materials?
Does the license allow modifications or adaptations of the materials?
Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, 2021. "Intended for use by teacher educators to evaluate instructional materials for equity." PDF format. CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike) license.
Achieve.org has developed eight OER rubrics and evaluation tools to help users determine the degree of alignment of OER to the Common Core State Standards, and aspects of quality of OER. PDF format. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) 3.0 license.
Scoresheet with questions to ask about the OER you are thinking of using. Developed by Sarah Morehouse with help from Mark McBride, Kathleen Stone, and Beth Burns. Online format. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) 3.0 license.
Open Textbook Library, one of the largest and most well-known OER textbook repository sites, includes faculty peer reviews. This is the review criteria, including a section to address Cultural Relevance, used for these peer reviews.
Cultural competence rubric to help evaluate OER and recognize elements of identity and culture. Developed by Bridgitt Mitchell, Chris Luchs, and Kae Novak. Google doc format. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.
Checklist for Accessibility is included as Appendix A. Created by Amanda Coolidge, Sue Doner, Tara Robertson, and Josie Gray and published by BCcampus Open Education. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) 4.0 license.
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