Tools to Evaluate OER & Online Resources

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I’m presently engaged in an online certification course, through Online Learning Consortium (OLC). To complete projects and activities for the course, I get to explore and develop resources useful to faculty. These are timely resources that can be used now in my instructional design practice.

Two such resources are the new evaluation tools that will become part of my professional toolkit in due course. These are meant to offer a simple-to-acquire point value that helps educators (and instructional designers) select useful online resources.

More important than the point-value selection criteria outlined in both the rubric and the checklist is the end goal.

First Things First

When selecting online tools or resources it important to first ask yourself:
+ Does this tool help achieve my learning objectives? How?

Likewise, when considering Open Educational Resources, ask:
+ Will incorporating this  resource foster active learning, increase in-class participation by students?

If there is no intrinsic, educational value added to teaching and learning, there’s no real need to proceed with implementing a superfluous technology.

Online Tool/Resource Checklist:  While it’s easy to get carried away with excitement the latest, shiny new online tool, we must objectively evaluate online tools that we may want to use or help our faculty to use. This allows us to spend less time in the testing phase, and helps to better identify tools to use. This Checklist gives a simple view of important criteria to help select online tools.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Rubric: Open Educational Resources are created for the purpose of supplying course materials for teaching and learning. This self-scoring rubric addresses these criteria that should be considered when selecting OERs.

 

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