Using OER

Criteria for Selecting OER

As the world of open educational resources continually evolves, it can be difficult to know if you're implementing material that truly meets your standards. Here are some useful things to consider when selecting Open Education Resources to adapt and adopt, in addition to the 5Rs (retain, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute):

  • Accuracy / Quality of Content 
  • Relevance (SLO, Articulation)
  • Production Quality and Ease of Adaptability
  • Accessibility
  • Interactivity
  • Cultural Relevance & Sensitivity
  • Licensing


These resources on accessibility may be helpful when considering adopting or adapting OER for your courses. Also seek help from De Anza's Instructional Design team.


As stated above, it is important is to check for copyright and licenses of material you find. For a brief overview of Copyright, Public Domain and Creative Commons Licenses, check out these videos.

Evaluating OER

Using rubrics or other evaluative tools to measure effectiveness, accessibility and alignment to student learning outcomes is key. Listed below are several examples of rubrics, some designed to evaluate overall OER courses and others for individual OER course materials.

OER Community

You may also want to talk to other faculty in your discipline to share ideas and concerns. Here are some forums to collaborate with peers using OER.

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