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 5. Collect and process feedback from the target group

Present the corrected version of the quality model to the target group. This would normally be the educators who will develop the learning materials or assess learning materials from other sources.

This step is necessary, among other reasons, to gain traction in favour of the model among the target group. It is useful to give a presentation with an explanation of the model and the background to it, as well as what was considered when setting up the individual criteria.

Use the feedback collected from the target group to adjust the model again, where necessary. Always keep the educators informed of what is being done with their proposals. Make sure that they feel co-responsible for the model. This is why you should invest in extensive and good quality communication.

Requesting feedback is one way to create more traction for the model. Does a professional association exist who you could approach to request feedback? Make sure that the professional association is familiarised with the quality model at an early stage. If the members adopt and take over the quality model, then this is likely to be anchoring that will increase the chances of the implementation of the model being a success.

In addition to making it widely known, you must also approach the target group personally. Provide additional explanation, emphasising the importance of the model. Try, wherever possible, to make people responsible for the distribution of the quality model. For example, approach the product managers of a course or learning pathway. You can reach professional communities groups through them.
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