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Open Educational Resources: Finding and Evaluating OER

OER are freely available resources for teaching and learning. This guide is an introduction to where to find them, how to evaluate them, and how to create them.

Getting in the Air

There are a number of repositories that gather OER materials. Some provide faculty reviews and annotations.  Additionally, many disciplines host their own repositories.  This list is not comprehensive but should provide a good starting point for finding OER.

Resources

Aviation

English/Humanities

Language

Math

Psychology

Sciences

Aerospace Engineering 

Images

Videos

The following are repositories of known OER adoptions. If you are looking for textbooks for a specific course, you may want to search these repositories to see what has worked in other university classes. 

Evaluating OER

It may be that an excellent resource is found that is not peer-reviewed.  In those cases, faculty must rely on criteria that they would use in reviewing a traditionally published textbook to determine if the resource is reliable or not.

Librarians are available to assist with finding and evaluating material or you can use these rubrics:

OER Spotlights