This guide is designed to help the SPSCC community learn about Open Education. It will help faculty and staff find, create, evaluate, and incorporate open educational resources for instructional and training purposes.
I want to know about... how to evaluate OER for potential use in my area/course.
On this "Evaluate OER" page:
review evaluation questions to ask yourself when assessing OER for potential use
review OER evaluation and accessibility rubric samples
browse for OER on OER sites with peer and accessibility reviews
With so many freely available resources online, choosing OER can be overwhelming. These evaluation areas and questions can help faculty and staff when choosing resources for use in the classroom or in their work.
Is the information accurate?
Are there major content errors or omissions? Are there spelling errors or typos?
Does the information directly address one or more of the class outcomes?
Is there inclusive content that reflects a variety of races, ethnicities, abilities, gender, and backgrounds?
Is there content that is cultural insensitive and/or biased?
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?
Is the resource available in alternative formats, including editable formats (e.g., Word .docx, OpenDocument .otd, etc.)?
For audio or video resources, is there a transcript or subtitles?
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)?
Are there ancillary materials available (e.g. quizzes, handouts, discussion forums, slides, case studies, etc.)?
Is there a clear open license or terms of usage included?
Does the license allow for educational reuse of the materials?
Does the license allow modifications or adaptations of the materials?
Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, 2021. "Intended for use by teacher educators to evaluate instructional materials for equity." PDF format. CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike) license.
Achieve.org has developed eight OER rubrics and evaluation tools to help users determine the degree of alignment of OER to the Common Core State Standards, and aspects of quality of OER. PDF format. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) 3.0 license.
Scoresheet with questions to ask about the OER you are thinking of using. Developed by Sarah Morehouse with help from Mark McBride, Kathleen Stone, and Beth Burns. Online format. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) 3.0 license.
Open Textbook Library, one of the largest and most well-known OER textbook repository sites, includes faculty peer reviews. This is the review criteria, including a section to address Cultural Relevance, used for these peer reviews.
Cultural competence rubric to help evaluate OER and recognize elements of identity and culture. Developed by Bridgitt Mitchell, Chris Luchs, and Kae Novak. Google doc format. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.
Checklist for Accessibility is included as Appendix A. Created by Amanda Coolidge, Sue Doner, Tara Robertson, and Josie Gray and published by BCcampus Open Education. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) 4.0 license.
The California Open Education Resources Council facilitates the peer review of open textbooks which are showcased in the California Open Source Digital Library (COOL4Ed). Choose a discipline, course, and then look for the "accessibility reviews" column.
OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement. With a single point of access from which they can search, browse, and evaluate resources, including textbooks, lessons, videos, and more, in OER Commons’ growing collection.
MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. MERLOT does not house content, but is a collection of links to other content. One of the biggest OER repositories, but a bit unwieldy and difficult to search. Use limiting options on the left side of results page.