Open Educational Resources Community of Learning

Module 2: Evaluating/Finding OER

When selecting curriculum material for a course, an instructor would not simply choose the first textbook they find that seems to be on the correct topic. Instead, they painstakingly review different options to ensure the material they present to students delivers the intended message at the appropriate level. 

The same is true for selecting OER. Evaluating OER suitability requires the same thoughtful consideration as any other educational resource to ensure that the content meets both the instructor's and the students' needs. However, instead of being forced to choose the best single resource available, open licensing and the ability to adapt content allows for greater flexibility and customization.

 

Over the next few pages, you will find some questions and tips to consider as you evaluate the appropriateness of an OER to your needs.