Quality assurance of open educational resources

Are you working on open educational resources? Make sure that the learning materials are good quality and that they meet the right criteria. Creating a quality model can help in assessing learning materials. This roadmap will guide you through the different steps to create, implement and maintain a quality model for open educational resources.

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Step 1. Define the scope, aim and target audience of the quality model

You start by defining the scope. In this road map we assume that the scope of the quality model will always include at least the following features:

  1. The quality model is created for a discipline.
  2. The quality model is designed for an explicitly defined educational sector and geographical area, for example, "Mathematics for higher education in the Netherlands" or "Research within higher IT education (hbo-ict) in the Netherlands".
  3. The quality model is to be used in a specifically stated context. The context may be a department or a course within a single educational institution, or it may be a professional community across higher education institutions in the Netherlands or globally.

Once the scope is defined, you can then define the aim and the target group of the quality model. The aim of the quality model might be, for example: providing educators with an approach to creating open educational resources of sufficient quality. The target group of the quality model may be, for example: all physics educators in X institution.

First of all, you must define what makes open educational resources relevant, reliable, and suitable for reuse. To do that, you need a quality model.
Michiel de Jong