Like other resources used in your teaching, OER will need to be evaluated to ensure they are suitable to use. Aspects you may need to consider could include:
You will need to use the same criteria you use to evaluate all your course materials to ensure the suitability of OER for use in your courses. There are also a few additional criteria to think about when selecting OER. 3 things you may want to consider are:
Click on each of the criteria in the image below for more information.
Adapted from "Open Education Resources - Evaluate OERs" from NSU Florida.
You should acknowledge all third-party material you use, even if it is openly licensed.
Often sources will provide a suggested attribution you can use. If not, the links below contain all the information you need.
Use the BranchEd Equity Rubric for OER Evaluation to evaluate the OER you are using for equity.
This rubric will help you evaluate accross 4 dimensions of equity: Learner-Centered, Critical, Culturally Sustaining, and Universally Designed for Learning (UDL)
Use this simple checklist, produced by The University of Queensland Library, to quickly decide whether the OER is appropriate for your purposes. OERs will need to be referenced like any other source of information.
|Licensed for open use|
|CC license that allows for educational reuse|
|CC license allows for modification and adaption|
|Aligned with course objectives|
|Suitable for your students' level|
|Creator is identified|
|Creator is reputable|
|Audio, video, images are of high quality|
|Ease of use|
|Clear and easy to understand|
|Interface easy to navigate|
|Audio and video resources have a transcript or subtitles|
|Alternative formats are available if required (as Word document or PDF)|
The Open educational resources (OER) guide by the University of Queensland Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.