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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Evaluating OERs

As with any resource, OERs should be evaluated to assess their currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose. With so many resources available online, the task of choosing can be overwhelming.

The following checklist provides some questions to consider when choosing resources. 

  Yes No

Accuracy

  • Is the information accurate? Are there major content errors or omissions?
  • Are  there spelling errors or typos?
   

Relevance

  • Does the information directly address one or more of the learning outcomes of the course?
   

Production quality

  • 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?
   

Accessibility

  • Is the resource available in alternative formats? (e.g. docx?)
  • For audio or video resources, is there a transcript or subtitles?
   

Interactivity

  • 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?)
   

Licensing

  • Does the licence allow for educational reuse of the materials?
  • Does the licence allow modifications or adaptations of the materials?
   

Faculty Guide for Evaluating Open Education Resources by BCOER Librarians CC-BY 4.0

Tools for evaluating OERs

OER repositories with quality checks