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Open Educational Resources: Evaluate OERs

Open Educational Resources

OER Evaluator on Benefits

OER Evaluator, Professor Nokio, U. of Leicester
 FAQs about OERs, 2010, 13 mins.

Pedagogical Implications for OERs

  • Benchmark your instruction
  • Create Student Engagement
  • Content Augmentation
  • Content Instruction
  • Resource Distance or Online Courses with appropriate curricular content
  • Resource MOOCs

OER Impact Study

Results of OER Impact Study University of Oxford 2011, 14 mins.

Benefits Associated with Using OERs

  • Bridges the gap between formal and informal learning.
  • Encourages the sharing of knowledge.
  • Engages and supports student learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • Enhances institution's public image; draws students.
  • Increases participation in higher education through access to learning tools.
  • Offers opportunities for and encourages lifelong learning.
  • Reduces cost of course materials for students.

Barriers Associated with Using OERs

  • Issues of economic expense considered for creation, updating, sustaining, and archiving materials.
  • Issues of Discoverability to encourage the creation of metadata for increased discoverabilty.
  • Issues of Cultural, Language, and ADA Accessibility to make accessible to all users.
  • Issues of Legality to manage intellectual property.
  • Issues of policy to determine quality, usage, storage, and funding.
  • Issues of Sustainability to address funding, policy, and archival decisions.
  • Issues of Technology to address challenges in Broadband availability,  digital skillsets, and the interoperability of platforms.
  • Issues of Quality to address concerns regarding peer review and factual and conceptual accuracy.

Decision Points for OERs

 "A Dialogue on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Social Authoring Models"
Graphic  used in  presentation OpenEd Conference at Utah State University
Stacey & Rominger, 2006

Evaluating OERs

Rubrics are an effective way to evaluate open educational resources (OERs) to determine the resource's value in a particular setting or for a particular assignment/project. is a non-profit U.S. organization whose purpose is to work with individual states to raise academic standards, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for post-secondary education, work, and citizenship.

Web Tools

Tool to ascertain Web traffic to and from a Website.
Tools to facilitate ADA accessibility.

Issues of Sustainability

2007 Report from the Center for Educational Research and Innovation, a division of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development discussing models of sustainability for OERs in higher education.