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Open Educational Resources (OER)

An everevolving guide to assist faculty in finding and using OER

Criteria for Evaluating an OER

Consider the following factors when selecting Open Education Resources to adapt or adopt:

  • Accuracy / Quality of Content 
  • Relevance
  • Production Quality
  • Accessibility
  • Interactivity
  • Cultural Relevance & Sensitivity
  • Licensing
  • Ease of Adaptability

Rubrics and Evaluation Tools

In addition to keeping the 5Rs (Retain. Reuse. Revise. Remix. Redistribute) in mind when adopting, adapting or building OER resources and courses, using rubrics or other evaluative tools to measure effectiveness, accessibility and alignment to student learning outcomes are key.  Linked below are several examples of rubrics. Some of the example rubrics are designed to evaluate overall OER courses and not individual OER course materials.

This set of criteria are intended to assist faculty and departments in evaluating the instructional quality of existing and newly-created open textbooks and open ancillary materials.

This is the review rubric that is used in the Open Textbook Network's Library, developed by BCcampus.

Developed by BCCampus OpenEd Resources (BCOER), this document provides a checklist of traits to look out for in OER. has developed a rubric with 8 core principles found in high quality OER.

Tools for remixing content


Creative Commons License

This guide page is adapted from: "Open Educational Resources: Create" by Northwestern Michigan College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0