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Choosing Open Educational Resources
The criteria used to evaluate and select open educational resources and textbooks should be almost the same as for traditional textbooks. The following resources can provide useful information to evaluate open textbooks for possible course adoption.
The OER Starter Kit
This open book from Iowa State University provides information on creating and using open textbooks. The five sections in the book are: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER.
Choosing a Textbook
Information from on Choosing a Textbook from the University of Illinois, available through the Wayback Machine.
An Inclusive Process for Departmental Textbook Selection
Altman, William S., Kristen Ericksen, and Judith B. Pena-Shaff. An Inclusive Process for Departmental Textbook Selection. Teaching Of Psychology 33, no. 4, p. 228-231. This article discusses a process for selecting a textbook for lower level Psychology courses, but the questions they ask could be useful when evaluating open textbooks or resources for a class.
Open Textbook Library OER Review Criteria
The criteria to be used to write a review of an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library.
Evaluation Criteria for Open Textbooks (American Institute of Mathematics)
The American Institute of Mathematics, which actually has developed a list of approved open mathematics textbooks, has also posted the criteria that they use to evaluate open textbooks.
This website from Achieve.org provides a rubric to help schools choose open educational resources for their school system. Some of the items in the rubric could be applied to choosing open educational resources and textbooks for a college course.
Open Educational Resource Evaluation Matrix
This website has a matrix designed by students to help them evaluate open educational resources.