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Library & Open Educational Resources

Assessing OER

Open education projects have increasingly incorporated OER assessment into their work to help instructors more readily judge the quality of open educational resources. BCcampus, Open Textbook Library, and MERLOT are notable for including reviews alongside OERs, and for encouraging faculty members to leave their own reviews of materials in their subject areas. The assessment criteria used by these three projects are outlined below.


 BCcampus allows faculty to post reviews of open textbooks

Many OER repositories have a peer-review system in place to evaluate OERs. Below are a few examples of what these reviews look like in the repositories.

 Sample Open Textbook Library review

Open Textbook Library (OTL) includes faculty reviews alongside the open textbooks in the library. OTL uses the same review rubric as BCcampus, inviting faculty members to rate textbooks on the basis of comprehensiveness, content accuracy, relevance/longevity, clarity, consistency, modularity, organization/structure/flow, grammatical errors, and cultural relevance.

 MERLOT rating

MERLOT is a repository of open educational resources that adds new resources via a peer review process. The site has organized more than twenty editorial boards to coordinate peer review activities. In addition, you as an instructor can join the MERLOT community and post your own reviews of the materials on the site.


Faculty Guide to Evaluating OERs

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This checklist by BCOER suggests considerations when selecting a suitable OER.