As faculty, you assess textbooks against a set of criteria that reflects your long experience and knowledge of student needs. You do the same with Open Textbooks, but there are a few additional considerations.
o Accuracy of material
o Cultural context
o Writing quality and tone
o Reading level
o Visual presentation
o Hierarchy of information
o Collateral materials
* Accessibility online
o Are the web pages for the textbook accessible?
* Production options
o Is the book available in more than one format?
* Platform compatibility
o Is the textbook viewable and usable on MAC's, PC's, or smartphones?
* Delivery options
o Is a bound copy available at a low price? Can your bookstore carry the printed version?
o Are interactives accessible and cross platform?
* Consistency between online and printed presentation
o Are the online and printed versions comparable in organization and basic appearance?
o Will you be able to identify locations in either with minimal confusion for students?
* Collateral material
o If there are test banks or other enrichment materials, are they in a format you can use?
o Free or very inexpensive?
Use this tool to evaluate OER for Equity.
Achieve.org has developed eight OER rubrics as well as an evaluation tool to help users determine the degree of alignment of OER to the Common Core State Standards, and aspects of quality of OER. More OER Rubrics training materials can be found through Archieve.org website.