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Open Educational Resources (OER) in the Classroom

Evaluating Open Educational Resources

Evaluating Open Educational Resource


Evaluating Open Educational Resources

"The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth."     -John F. Kennedy


Evaluating open educational resources helps determine its quality and whether the resource is suitable for the course. Rubrics can be a helpful tool when considering open educational resources. This is not a comprehensive list of rubrics, but it is designed as a starting point when evaluating open educational resources. 

Achieve Rubrics
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Key Resource: Achieve OER Rubrics- The following rubrics represent an evaluation system for objects found within Open Education Resources.

Achieve Evaluation Handbook- This handbook has been designed to walk a user through the process of evaluating an online resource using Achieve Open Educational Resources (OERs) rubrics, which are hosted on the

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Key Resource:  iRubric:  Evaluating OERsiRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool. Designed from the ground up, iRubric supports a variety of applications in an easy-to-use package. Best of all, iRubric is free to individual faculty and students. 


Open Education Resource Repository (OERR) Rubric

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Key Resource:  OERR Rubric- The Open Education Resource Repository (OERR) rubric was developed by the BCOER Group to provide a process of evaluating open education resource repositories. 


Factors to Consider When Evaluating OERs

Evaluating Open Educational Resources


How much coverage does the resource provide for the subject area?

Does it need to be combined with another resource?


Has the resource been reviewed by experts in their fields?

Is it effective in supporting student learning?


Is the resource available in various formats?

What is the accessibility of technology for students?

Is it easy to use with clear navigation?


What is the creative commons license for the resource?

What does the license allow?

Can the resource be modified?