As faculty, you assess textbooks against a set of criteria that reflects your long experience and knowledge of student needs. You do the same with Open Textbooks, but there are a few additional considerations.
The toolkit is made up of three elements:
1). information and resources to support your evaluation activities
2). an interactive tool to guide you through our Evaluation and Synthesis framework, providing an opportunity to submit findings, observations and links to evidence AND which feeds this back to you for inclusion in your project reporting mechanisms
3). examples of evaluation materials, instruments and reports from other UKOER projects
This handbook has been designed to walk a user through the process of evaluating an online resource using the Achieve Open Educational Resources (OERs) rubrics, which are hosted on OERCommons.org. The guide shows an Achieve reviewer using, as an example, an object that had not been reviewed at the time of the writing — ALEX Lesson Plan: Fractions on a Number Line. The guide includes step by step instructions along with screenshots of the example object during the process of the evaluation.