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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Evaluation Criteria

For faculty evaluating OERs for use in their subject areas, below are some common guidelines for reviewing the quality of materials.


  • Relevance and appropriateness of material to curriculum and course objectives, as well as to learning level of your students 
  • Accuracy of factual and technical information
  • Clarity of language 
  • Vetting by other peer reviewers
  • Availability of interactive tools and other supplemental resources

Production and Format

  • Layout of content ensures readability
  • Content is free of typos and formatting errors
  • Digital interface is easy to navigate
  • Audio and video playback is high quality and easy to operate


  • Digital text/web pages are compatible with screen readers
  • Images have alt text when not otherwise described
  • Audiovisual materials have captioning and transcriptions available



  • Resource can be presented and distributed to students without additional permissions or fees
  • Resource can be modified to into course schedules and/or specific curriculum goals

See: Accessibility Georgia - Evaluating Resources
See: BCCampus OpenEd - Evaluating OER

Provider Criteria

OER providers have their own set of criteria for including content on their platforms: