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OERs at KCC: Selection Criteria

Faculty Guide

Why Use an OER Textbook in your Course?

Are you Ready to FREE the Textbook?

Impact of OER & Student/ Faculty Satisfaction

The Open Educational Group has conducted empirical research on the impact of OER adoption.  Consult their  Review Project page for a summary of all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption. 


Criteria for Evaluating OER

Consider the following factors when selecting Open Education Resources to adapt or adopt:

  • Accuracy / Quality of Content 
  • Relevance
  • Production Quality
  • Accessibility
  • Interactivity
  • Cultural Relevance & Sensitivity
  • Licensing
  • Ease of Adaptability

OER & Accessibility

These resources on accessibility may be helpful when considering adopting or adapting OER for your courses.

Sample Rubric & Evaluation Tools

In addition to keeping the 5Rs (Retain. Reuse. Revise. Remix. Redistribute) in mind when adopting, adapting or building OER resources and courses, using rubrics or other evaluative tools to measure effectiveness, accessibility and alignment to student learning outcomes are key.  Linked below are several examples of rubrics. Some of the example rubrics are designed to evaluate overall OER courses and not individual OER course materials.

The content on this tab has been adapted from Glendale Community College's Selection Criteria.