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Open Educational Resources: Evaluating Content

OER Commons

OER Commons uses the rubrics created by Achieve, Inc. to evaluate the quality, potential effectiveness, and degree of alignment with Common Core Standards of the OER materials in its library. It applies the rubrics directly to these materials, rating them on a scale of 1-3, with 3 representing a superior ranking.

How do I know if this is a good resource?

In general, you should look at the following:

  • Author's Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Date of Publication

  • Intended Audience

  • Documentation of Sources

  • Bias 

  • Suitability of the Work for your Purposes

  • Review and Curation Process

  • Restrictions/Licenses of the Work

Evaluation Checklist

A checklist has been created by USC Librarians to help you evaluate sources using these five criteria

  • Authority

  • Accuracy

  • Objectivity

  • Currency

  • Coverage