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:
|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.