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OER: Open Educational Resources

At a glance

Formal rubrics can help you determine whether an open educational resource is right for your purposes.

At first glance, however, keep the following elements in mind:

Quality Appropriateness Technical
Peer Review available or used Content is accurate High technical quality (clear visuals, high production value)
Reputation of author/ institution is transparent Sources are identified and cited Stable access to content (no broken links or barriers to access)
Pedagogical methods are sound Some alignment with a learning outcome or course objective Clear licensing declaration (Creative Commons License present, in the Public Domain, etc.)
Allows for customization or refinement Appropriate reading/ domain level for your students License to remix or share again

This resource was adapted from Kirkwood Community College Library's guide on open textbooks and Sarah Crissinger's OER Evaluation Checklist.

Rubrics and Guidelines