Skip to Main Content

Open Educational Resources and Penn State Abington Library

This guide is about Open Educational Resources and support at the Penn State Abington Library

Evaluating OER

You'll likely find it useful to evaluate OER based on the same standards you use to evaluate other course materials. Here are a few criteria to consider:

  • Content: Does this OER cover what you'd like your students to learn in the course?
  • Accessibility: Is the content and reading level at the right level for your students? Is it challenging enough? Is the level of technicality appropriate for your course?
  • Use: Is the license open? Can you share, reuse, and remix the content freely? For more information regarding copyright and Creative Commons licenses, please visit Copyright & Creative Commons.
  • Quality: Is the OER peer reviewed? Can you read reviews from other instructors who teach courses like yours? Are errors corrected or noted?
  • Format: Does the material come in a format your students can access easily? Is special software required? Can the material be printed or purchased in print at a low cost? 

"Open Educational Resources University of Texas LibGuide" by Heather Walter is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0