Use of rubrics to evaluate and critique OERs is an essential aspect of finding and using open resources for teaching and learning. OERs can be evaluated against criteria such as alignment to course objectives; opportunities for deeper learning; quality of the explanation of the subject matter; and quality of technological interactivity.
There are a number of tools that can support the evaluation process:
To help teachers and other users determine the degree of alignment of OERs to college- and career-ready standards and to determine other aspects of quality, Achieve has developed eight rubrics in collaboration with leaders from the OER community.
Whenever new technology is introduced into existing teaching practice, it’s valid to ask if it has made an impact. This section of the Toolkit provides a variety of resources to assist you in evaluating the impact of a blended learning initiative in your class or on your campus.
Adopting, modifying, or creating an open textbook for your course is a big decision, requiring you to evaluate new resources often on your own. This resource provides six criteria against which to evaluate open textbooks.