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Open Educational Resources (OER): Evaluating OER

Evaluation Criteria

We suggest that you consider the following factors when evaluating Open Education Resources for adoption or adaptation: 

Adapted from Open Educational Resources: Selection Criteria & Evaluation of OER, Austin Community College.

Some Tips...

Think about the process you follow when reviewing textbooks and other materials for your course. You can then adopt a similar or a modified evaluation process. You may wish to consider the following questions and suggestions when evaluating OER:

‚Äč Does this OER cover the content you'd like your students to learn in this module?

 How accessible is this content? Is it too technical / robust and challenging enough for your students?

 How can you use the content? Verify the license that the resource is under. Can you remix or revise the OER as long as it is for non-commercial purposes? Who do you have to acknowledge if you use it? Will you be able to do so?

 Once you determine how you can use the OER, what would you like to do with it? Do you need only a portion of it for your class? You might want  combine this OER with another OER or resource. Does the NUS library have access to materials that could act as supplemental materials?

 As you collect more OER and other resources, save them in a central location. Take note of how you plan on using them based on the learning objectives and weekly lessons on your syllabus in order to identify gaps.

Adapted from: Open Educational Resources (OER): Evaluate OER, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rubrics, Checklists, Tools

   Overview of Achieve OER Evaluation Rubrics  

The following video provides an overview of the Achieve OER Evaluation Rubrics, which measure the quality of OER.