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Open Education Resources (OER) - Faculty Tools

Evaluation Criteria

Clarity, Comprehensibility, and Readability

  • Is the content, including any instructions, exercises, or supplemental material, clear and comprehensible to students? 
  • Is the content well-categorized in terms of logic, sequencing, and flow?  
  • Is the content consistent with its language and key terms?  

Content Accuracy and Technical Accuracy

  • Is the content accurate based on both your expert knowledge and through external sources?
  • Are there any factual, grammatical, or typographical errors?  
  • Is the interface easy to navigate? Are there broken links or obsolete formats?    

Adaptability and Modularity

  • Is the resource in a file format which allows for adaptations, modifications, rearrangements, and updates? 
  • Is the resource easily divided into modules, or sections, which can then be used or rearranged out of their original order?  
  • Is the content licensed in a way which allows for adaptations and modifications?


  • Is the content presented at a reading level appropriate for higher education students? 
  • How is the content useful for instructors or students? 
  • Is the content itself appropriate for higher education?  


  • Is the content accessible to students with disabilities through the compatibility of third-party reading applications? 
  • If you are using Web resources, does each image have alternate text that can be read? 
  • Do videos have accurate closed-captioning? 
  • Are students able to access the materials in a quick, non-restrictive manner?  

Supplementary Resources

  • Does the OER contain any supplementary materials, such as homework resources, study guides, tutorials, or assessments?
  • Have you reviewed these supplementary resources in the same manner as the original OER?

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