Credit: Mike Cohen
There are many OER available of varying degrees of usefulness and relevance for your specific instructional goals. With so much content to sift through, criteria, rubrics and other evaluation tools can help streamline the review process. Besides keeping the 5Rs in mind when adopting, adapting or creating OER, measurements of effectiveness, accessibility, and alignment to student learning outcomes are critical as well.
To get started, consider the suggested criteria below (adapted from Evaluating Resources by Affordable Learning Georgia) as you begin working through the evaluation process, or refer to the OER rubric examples on the left of this guide. Also consider communicating with colleagues within your discipline; share resources and build a collection of notable OER best suited for your courses. Collaborate with each other to adapt or create OER of your own!
For more assistance with OER evaluation and selection, select Faculty Support from the navigation menu.
Accessibility is an essential component of instructional design, whether your class is online or face-to-face. It is one of the persistent criterion across any OER evaluation rubric, and must be addressed in your curriculum design in adherence to Section 508 standards.
As you review OER for adaption or adoption for your course, the following tools and resources on accessibility may be useful:
Accessibility Toolkit (2nd Ed.) - BCcampus open textbook
Colleges Lock Out Blind Students Online - article from Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 2010
EquatIO Browser Extension - download and install the math browser extension to create equations, formulas, and quizzes.
Keeping Web Accessibility In Mind - video from WebAim where students share their individual experiences
W3C Accessibility Standards - explains purpose and provides description of web accessibility standards
Read&Write (RW) Browser Extension - download and install the RW literacy browser extension
WebAim. Designing for Screen Reader Compatibility - describes how to design digital content for screen reader compatibility
WebAIM: WAVE Accessiblity Browser Extension - download and install the WAVE accessibility browser extension
WebAim: WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool - enter a url to see how accessible the site is
Contact the Special Resource Center (SRC) for more information about accessibility tools, services and other resources available to Compton College students. It may also be helpful to request an SRC staff member's help in reviewing your adapted OER for accessibility.