Here are a few steps you can use to evaluate open educational resources:
iRubric Evaluating OER -- Questions to ask about the OER you are thinking of using. This rubric is developed by Sarah Morehouse with help from Mark McBride, Kathleen Stone, and Beth Burns is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
OER Evaluation Checklist -- a brief checklist developed by Kirkwood Community College
To learn more about OER, visit the following sites:
Open Education Consortium -- news & events, project announcements, access to OER materials, etc.
UNESCO -- information about implementation of OER worldwide
Affordable Textbooks: A Policy Guide -- from the US Public Interest Research Group and the Student PIRG. Addresses the issues of OER, policy ideas, and sample policies.
New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Their Own Textbooks -- article from the Chronicle of Higher Education
Affordable Learning Georgia -- A University of Georgia system initiative to promote student success by providing affordable textbook alternatives
Open Educational Resources from Babson Survey Research Group
Open Education Group -- provides a summary of all known empirical research on the impact of OER
Open Textbook Network -- a consortium of higher education institutions that promote access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks.
Textbook Affordability Infographic -- from Florida's higher education institutions
Public domain materials are materials that contain resources whose copyright has expired. They include things like classical literature or essays written before 1923. Many of these are helpful to courses like English Literature.
Project Gutenberg -- over 53,000 online books, many that are considered classical works and that are out of copyright.
Bartleby.com -- great books online. Includes the Bible, Grey's Anatomy, Shakespeare, and Harvard Classics among others.
Classic Reader -- includes fiction, non-fiction, and young reader books
FeedBooks -- public domain books, both fiction and non-fiction