digital course materials

7 musts for digital and OER course materials

How do your resources stack up against a set of evaluations?

In addition, seven questions can help faculty evaluate the quality and appropriateness of course materials.

1. When downloading freely-available content, you can determine if the material is protected by copyright.
• Is all of the content (e.g. photograph, art/graphical illustrations and text) licensed for free use,
modification and sharing?

2. The materials are current.
• Can you determine if the material will be updated or revised in the future?

3. Materials are expertly-authored and reviewed.
• Are the author’s qualifications and expertise in the subject area listed?

4. Materials are recommended by people or organizations you trust.
• If the materials are new, can you examine the author’s or publisher’s track record?

5. Supplementary materials are available. Study guides, tutorials, homework resources, tests and quizzes are available to support the course materials.
• Is there a cost to students or to the institution either for acquiring supplementary materials or for
integrating them within a learning management system?

6. The materials are designed for all students.
• Does the content incorporate features that help make it accessible to students with disabilities?

7. Materials have been field-tested.
• Have the materials been demonstrated to be effective in the university classroom?

Laura Ascione