Open Educational Resources (OER), Evaluating

Introduction to Evaluating OER

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Time needed to complete this module: 20 minutes

Learning Objectives: 

  • Define Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Review evaluation criteria for OER

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From University of South Africa University Libraries LibGuide

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain and have been released under an open license that permits access, use, repurposing, reuse and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (Atkins, Brown & Hammond, 2007). 

Using OER in your course contributes to student success. There are a variety of ways you can find and create OER for your courses. Once you have found OER to use in your course, it’s important to evaluate those resources. There are many things to evaluate when considering whether to use an OER for your course: peer review, free standing, easy to modify, the correct license, easy to use interface, modular, clearly described, accessible, and more.This module will cover different ways of evaluating OER course materials to adapt or use in your teaching. 

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Atkins, D. E., Brown, J. S., & Hammond, A. L. (2007). A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: Achievements, Challenges, and New Opportunities. Report to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 84.

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