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Open educational resources (OER)

Find, create and evaluate OER materials, available to legally and freely copy, such as ebooks, images, audio, video and software. Understand copyright and Creative Commons (CC) licences.

Evaluate OERs

You may need to evaluate the Open Educational Resources (OER) to determine if they are suitable to use.

OER evaluation checklist

Use this simple checklist to quickly decide whether the OER is appropriate for your purposes. Refer to the evaluation tools in the next box if you want to comprehensively evaluate the OER. 

Checklist Yes No
Licensed for open use    
CC license that allows for educational reuse    
CC license allows for modification and adaption    
Public domain    
Aligned with course objectives    
Appropriately current    
Suitable for your 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 (as Word document or PDF)    

Comprehensive evaluation tools