You've found an OER. Congrats! Now you should go through a quick evaluation process to determine whether it's right for your purposes. You can use the forms/rubrics below or SAIT's OER Evaluation Rubric as a checklist during your evaluation. Look for reviews within the repositories as well, as many have a peer review process. Along the way, keep track of what sections of the OER you might want to adapt and enhance to meet your needs.
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While there are so many OERs already available, you might decide the content isn't quite complete for your course. In that case, consider modifying existing materials or creating your own. These can include new or updated content from your discipline, or changing to different formats such as instructional videos, lecture slides, worksheets, quizzes or interactive tools. Additionally, creating OER opens the possibility for including student contributions as part of the process.
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