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Open Educational Resources: Adopting/adapting/creating OERs

Choosing OER: Assessing for Quality

With so many freely available resources online, choosing OER can be overwhelming. This checklist contains some suggestions for faculty when choosing resources for use in the classroom. The checklist asks questions in the following areas when making a decision on selecting an OER:

  • Accuracy
  • Relevance
  • Production Quality
  • Accessibility
  • Interactivity
  • Licensing

The checklist can be downloaded here.

Additional readings for open education resource selection can be found here:

Licensed eBooks vs. Open Textbooks

Licensed Ebooks found in the library Catalogue and Open textbooks online - what's the difference?

From time to time, instructors may decide to assign a licensed ebook as a textbook. While this can save students textbook fees, it can also be problematic!

If you are considering using a library ebook as a course textbook to provide shared access for your students, please consider the following:

  • The library signs licenses for publisher driven ebooks - many of which are found in the catalogue. Different publisher and aggregator platforms have different restrictions about the number of simultaneous users, the amount of printing and downloading allowed, etc.
  • If the ebook is part of an aggregated package, it can be removed by the publisher at any time without notice. This does not happen often, but it has happened in the past. It's a good idea to have a backup plan in place such as putting a print copy on reserve.
  • Open textbooks are completely 'open' - they do not typically restrict number of users, or chapter downloads.
  • If you are unsure whether the ebook you want to use in your course is open or from a publisher's licensed package, contact the library - we can help!


Content for this guide is adapted with permission from Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Open Education Primer and Open Textbook libguides.


When creating or adapting Open Educational Resources, please ensure that your work is in compliance with Canadian copyright law. For assistance, please contact the MRU Copyright Advisor or visit the MRU copyright website.