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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Find and evaluate OER materials such as ebooks, images, videos, case studies, simulations and more. Understand copyright and Creative Commons (CC) licences.

OER evaluation checklist

The credibility of information rests on the integrity of the resources you have used to support the teaching and learning aim. Use this simple checklist, produced by the University of Queensland Library, to quickly decide whether the OER is appropriate for your purposes. Additional OER evaluation tools have been provided. OER material need to be referenced like any other source of information.

Licensed for open use                    

  • CC licence that allows for educational reuse                         
  • CC licence allows for modification and adaption                 
  • Public domain                    


  • Aligned with course objectives                   
  • Appropriately current                    
  • Suitable for your students' level                 


  • Creator is identified                        
  • Creator is reputable                                                                                           
  • Accurate content                             
  • Audio, video, images are of high quality                 

Ease of use                         

  • Clear and easy to understand                     
  • Interface easy to navigate                            


  • Audio and video resources have a transcript or subtitles                 
  • Alternative formats are available if required (as Word document or PDF)

Other evaluation tools