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Open Educational Resources (OER): Evaluate OER

This guide is an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER): what they are, where to find them, and how to use them in courses.

Evaluate OER Quality

Computer with green background and checkmark Evaluate OER Quality

There are various lists and rubrics for evaluating OER available online. Five common elements of these rubrics include:

  1. That the content under consideration covers the subject areaappropriately
  2. That the content of the OER is accurate and free of major errors and spelling mistakes
  3. That the license of the content can be used or altered for the course's needs
  4. That the OER is clearly written and appropriate for the students' level of understanding
  5. That the accessibility of the content is appropriate for all students


Examples of rubrics for evaluating OER are available below:

Evaluate OER Accessability

Evaluate OER Accessibility

Besides their general quality, the accessibility of OER is also an important factor to consider, especially in light of the online nature of most OER. Information about creating and evaluating the accessibility of OER is listed below. 

The icons used throughout this guide are from icons8. They have their own use/reuse guidelines linked here. 

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