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Open Source Education Resources: OER Quality Assurance

Discover how open sourced education resources can benefit both students and instructors.

Ok, so now you're leaning towards adopting Open Education Resources, but are wary because you're concerned about the quality of the resources. They can't be that good if they're free, you say? Here's what others think about OER, and why you shouldn't be scared off by the lack of a price tag!

Just the Facts

FAQs about OER quality include:

  • How can we guarantee the quality of OER?
  • Can open educational resources be high quality if they are free?
  • Are open educational resources peer-reviewed?
  • Why would an author give away their work for free if it is high quality?

 

Here are the facts:

For more information, please see The OER Starter Kit (E-book) and the "OER Mythbusting" report.

Why Not OER?

2014 report published by the Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College found that once its faculty discovered and explored the possibilities of Open Education Resources, they were convinced that OER were roughly equivalent to traditional resources. Babson continues to study OER and U.S. education. Click here for more information.

 

Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman, “Opening the Curriculum: Open Educational Resources in Higher Education, 2014,” Babson Survey Research Group, 2014, 3, https://www. onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/openingthecurriculum2014.pdf.

OER Mythbusting

The "OER Mythbusting" report published by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) in 2017 addresses the top seven myths about OER in North American higher education as voted on by more than 100 faculty, librarians, students and other members of the OER community. (Click below to downloand PDF.)

Adapted from an OER research guide created by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

Organizations Supporting & Studying OER

These organizations conduct ongoing research on various aspects of OER and provide information and support for educators.