Rubrics for Evaluating Open Education Resource (OER) Objects

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    Rubrics for Evaluating Open Education Resource (OER) Objects

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    The following rubrics represent an evaluation system for objects found within Open Education Resources. An object could include images, applets, lessons, units, assessments and more. For the purpose of this evaluation, any component that can exist as a stand-alone qualifies as an object. The rubrics in this packet can be applied across content areas and object types.

    In general, the rubrics should be applied to the smallest meaningful unit. In some cases, this may be a single lesson or instructional support material, while in others it might be a complete unit of study or set of support materials. If multiple lessons are included in an OER, the reviewer needs to determine if all lessons will be examined, if only those lessons that deal with essential aspects of the curriculum are to be considered, or if it would be best to evaluate random lessons, looking at, for example, every third or fifth lesson.

    These rubrics are typically used to rate the potential, not actual, effectiveness of a particular object in a learning environment. Each rubric should be scored independently of the others using the following five scores that describe levels of potential quality, usefulness, or alignment to standards:

    Score Meaning
    3: Superior
    2: Strong
    1: Limited
    0: Very Weak / None
    N/A: Rubric Not Applicable

    The not applicable (N/A) rating should be used any time a particular rubric does not apply to the object being rated. This is not a pejorative score; it simply means it would be inappropriate to apply this rubric to this object. For example, Rubric IV: Quality of Assessment would not be applicable to an object that does not have an assessment component.

    The following rubrics are included:

    Title Description
    Rubric I. Degree of Alignment to Standards
    Rubric II. Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter
    Rubric III. Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching
    Rubric IV. Quality of Assessment
    Rubric V. Quality of Technological Interactivity
    Rubric VI. Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises
    Rubric VII. Opportunities for Deeper Learning
    Rubric VIII. Assurance of Accessibility

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