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Open Educational Resources: Evaluating OER

Evaluating Open Educational Resources

With so many freely available resources online, choosing OER can be overwhelming. This checklist contains some suggestions for faculty when choosing resources for use in the classroom.


  • Does the information directly address one or more of the class objectives?  ► YES or  ► NO 


  • Is the information clear and understandable? ► YES or  ► NO 
  • Is the layout and interface easy to navigate? ► YES or  ► NO 
  • Do the design features enhance learning? ► YES or  ► NO 
  • For multimedia resources, are the audio/video quality high? ► YES or  ► NO 


  • Is the resource available in alternative formats (e.g. .doc or .pdf)? ► YES or  ► NO 
  • For audio or video resources, is there a transcript or subtitles? ► YES or  ► NO 


  • Does the resource encourage active learning and class participation? If not, are you able to add that to the resource? ► YES or  ► NO 
  • Are there opportunities for students to test their understanding of the material (e.g. a video with embedded questions)? ► YES or  ► NO 


  • Does the license allow for educational reuse of the materials? ► YES or  ► NO 
  • Does the license allow modifications or adaptations of the materials? If so, can you modify the resource to better fit the class objectives or encourage active learning? ► YES or  ► NO 

From Faculty Guide for Evaluating Open Education Resources by BCCampus licensed under a CC BY 4.0.

Additional OER Rubrics