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Evaluating OERs

Evaluating OERs

With so many freely available resources online, choosing an OER can be overwhelming. This checklist contains some suggestions for staff when choosing resources:

OER evaluation checklist


​ 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 objectives?

Production Quality

 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 (e.g., docx), have a logical use of headings, images with alt text, colour contrast? See:

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?)


Does the license allow for educational reuse of the materials?
Does the license allow modifications or adoptions of the materials?

This checklist, "OER evaluation checklist", is adapted from "Faculty Guide for Evaluating Open Education Resources" by BCOER Librarians, used under CC BY 4.0. "OER evaluation checklist" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by Murdoch University Library.