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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides information about Open Educational Resources, or OER.

Computer with green background and checkmark Evaluate OER

Here are a few steps you might take in the evaluation process. If this process seems lengthy, think about the process you follow to review textbooks and other materials for your course. You can use a similar or modified evaluation process.

  1. That the content under consideration covers the subject area appropriately
  2. That the content of the OER is accurate and free of major errors and spelling mistakes
  3. That the license of the content can be used or altered for the course's needs
  4. That the OER is clearly written and appropriate for the students' level of understanding
  5. That the accessibility of the content is appropriate for all students

Examples of rubrics for evaluating OER are available below:

Accessibility

Besides their general quality, the accessibility of OER is also an important factor to consider, especially in light of the online nature of most OER. Information about creating and evaluating the accessibility of OER is listed below. 

The icons used throughout this guide are from icons8. They have their own use/reuse guidelines linked here. 

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