This diagram illustrates the value in considering the different roles that exist in the production and use/re-use of OERs and to highlight the importance of considering end users.
Because OERs may vary in quality, it is important for instructors to carefully evaluate them before posting them in their classroom. Although there is not yet a standard checklist that’s been developed for this purpose, many of the criteria listed in this checklist can also be used to evaluate OERs. The criteria include:
Suggested Evaluation Process
Consider taking these steps to evaluate OER, or follow the process you typically use to evaluate textbooks and other course materials.
Evaluation Rubrics & Checklists
Instructors planning to use OERs in their courses should also keep in mind that the OERs should comply with federal and state accessibility requirements. A checklist for compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found here.
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