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Open Educational Resources - Fellowship: Evaluating OER

Consider the Following When Evaluating OER

Consider the following when evaluating the OER:

  • Clarity, Comprehensibility, and Readability
    • Is the content, including any instructions, exercises, or supplemental material, clear and comprehensible to students?
    • Is the content well-categorized in terms of logic, sequencing, and flow?
    • Is the content consistent with its language and key terms?
  • Content Accuracy and Technical Accuracy
    • Is the content accurate based on both your expert knowledge and through external sources?
    • Are there any factual, grammatical, or typographical errors?
    • Is the interface easy to navigate? Are there broken links or obsolete formats?
  • Adaptability and Modularity
    • Is the resource in a file format which allows for adaptations, modifications, rearrangements, and updates?
    • Is the resource easily divided into modules, or sections, which can then be used or rearranged out of their original order?
    • Is the content licensed in a way which allows for adaptations and modifications?
  • Appropriateness
    • Is the content presented at a reading level appropriate for higher education students?
    • How is the content useful for instructors or students?
    • Is the content itself appropriate for higher education?
  • Accessibility
    • Is the content accessible to students with disabilities through the compatibility of third-party reading applications?
    • If you are using Web resources, does each image have alternate text that can be read?
    • Do videos have accurate closed-captioning?
    • Are students able to access the materials in a quick, non-restrictive manner?
    • See our Accessibility page for more details.
  • Supplementary Resources
    • Does the OER contain any supplementary materials, such as homework resources, study guides, tutorials, or assessments?
    • Have you reviewed these supplementary resources in the same manner as the original OER?

Evaluating Resources from Affordable Learning Georgia.

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