OER Toolkit – Curation
This module includes information to help find, evaluate, adapt and share open educational resources to meet learning outcomes and objectives. The module also offers information on how to describe and organize OER to enable its discovery by future users.
Tips for getting started with curating
Consider Collaborating with Others
With the shared aim of meeting student learning outcomes, educators and library staff can work together on constructing searches and evaluating fit of OER for the course needs.
Conduct your searches in recognized repositories.
Search recognized OER repositories and aggregated content collections to explore what already exists. A list of commonly used OER repositories are provided within this resource.
Become familiar with open licensing and accessibility requirements.
If you are looking for assitance with this, remember that most librarian and special education departments have staff with accessibility (AODA) expertise and open licensing expertise. You can also use the resources provided on this page.
Determine your evaluation criteria.
Criteria should incorporate learning objectives and outcomes, content quality, rigor, and even format. See the evaluation rubrics offered in this module for help or create your own amongst your staff.
Overview of OER Curation
More than merely collecting content on a specific subject, strong curation involves carefully selecting content and evaluating it for a specific purpose. When OER are part of the curation process, content deemed useful during the evaluation process can then be customized by the curator, and re-shared for future users.
Below is a high level overview of the processes and steps involved in curating OER.
Introductory text is a derivative of Content Curation: Finding the Needles in the Haystacks, by Christopher Lister, Roaming Educator, licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 International
Processes for Curating OER by ISKME, licensed under CC-BY 4.0
There are a multitude of OER out there to choose from, including open textbooks, courses, multimedia resources, and data. These can be found by searching regular search engines (like Google), but it is much easier to find them through dedicated OER repositories or libraries. For Nebraska Educators the first stop should be the Nebraska OER Commons Hub where items can be aligned to Nebraska Standards or are already aligned to Nebraska standards. Other popular OER repositories that could also be considered are shown and linked below. Remember the items in the other repositories cannot be aligned to Nebraska standards.
The best OER evaluation rubrics include traditional evaluative criteria that address a resource’s editorial quality. They also include criteria that address resource portability, and resource effectiveness in engaging learners. Below is a sampling of rubrics that are recommended for use in evaluating OER.
Adopt or Adapt
If you identify changes or additions you want to make to your resource based on your evaluation results, you can use the field-tested guides and tools below to help you in your alignment effort.
Organize & Share
There are many ways to share OER. You may want to forward your OER to colleagues via email, or share it within your local learning management system (LMS). Below are tools and information to help you in describing, organizing, and assigning a license to your OER to enable subsequent use of your OER by others, within and beyond your school district.