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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Evaluating OER

The credibility of information rests on the integrity of the resources you have used to support the teaching and learning aim. Before you include any resource, you need to carefully evaluate it to consider if it is appropriate for use. For a good discussion on evaluating OER, read How and Why to Evaluate Open Educational Resources (OER).

Consider the following checklist when choosing resources for use in your teaching (downloadable word doc below):

Evaluating checklist

Licensed for open use  
CC licence the allows for educational reuse  
CC licence allows for modification and adaption  
Public Domain  
Aligned with course objectives  
Appropriately current  
Suitable for students' level  
Creator is identified  
Creator is reputable  
Accurate content  

Audio, video, images are of high quality

Ease of use
Clear and easy to understand  
Interface easy to navigate  


Audio and video resources have a transcript or subtitles  
Alternative formats are available if required  

Download a word version of the checklist:

Additional Resources

Additional resources for evaluating OER are also available from: