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Affordable Learning Lander (ALL): Adopt: Evaluate OER
Here are a few steps you might take in the evaluation process. If this process seems lengthy, think about the process you follow to review textbooks and other materials for your course. You can use a similar or modified evaluation process.
Does this OER cover the content you'd like your students to learn in this course or module?
How accessible is this content? Will it be accessible for your students, or is it too technical? Or is it robust and challenging enough for your students?
How can you use the content? Verify the license that the resource is licensed under. Can you remix or revise the OER as long as it isn't for commercial purposes? Who do you have to recognize if you use it? Will you be able to do so? For more help with this, please contact the library.
Once you determine how you can use the OER, what would you like to do with it? Does only a portion of it apply to your class? Would you possibly want to combine this OER with another OER or resource? Does the library have access to articles that could act as supplemental readings?
As you collect more OER and other resources, save them in a central location. Take note of how you envision using them. Align these resources with the learning objectives and weekly lessons on your syllabus in order to identify gaps.
The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the resources needed so that each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, teaching assistant, etc. has the opportunity to create a truly open and accessible textbook.
This rubric is designed similar to common online course evaluation rubrics, except it is specifically detailed toward OER and their accessibility. Intended for instructors who are either developing OER and need help making their work accessible or are evaluating OER for use in their classes and need to determine if the work is accessible already, the goal of this project is to help minimize the design quality issue in OER at the course and instructor level.
The first sections address three distinct groups involved in open textbook adoption: instructors, post-secondary institutions, and students. The second--most comprehensive--section focuses on the operational aspects of adoption: surveying instructors about, tracking usage of, and reporting out about open textbooks.