The credibility of information rests on the integrity of the resources used to support teaching and learning. Before you include any resource, carefully evaluate it to consider if it is appropriate for Western Sydney University.
Library and Learning Futures have collaborated to provide the following registration forms for academics to use when considering resources for use in the classroom.
Step 1: Search The Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) to see if you are duplicating content that is already available. The MOM conducts real-time federated search across 21 different platforms. You can also check the individual OER listed in the OER (Open Educational Resources) guide.
Step 2: Be inspired by others who have completed the process by accessing the Western peer review case study exemplars on the Peer Review Case Studies page.
Step 3: Pair up with a buddy and engage in reciprocal peer observation and review of online teaching. Register with Learning Futures using the Peer Review of Teaching Registration Form. If you don't have a buddy, complete this online Peer Review of Open Educational Resources (OER) form to request Learning Futures help you find one.
Step 4: Download a copy of the Collegial Peer Review of Online Teaching Practice Template (DOCX, 37.5 KB) to help facilitate your collegial peer review experience.
Step 5: To promote this initiative please consider submitting your completed Template to the Peer Review Template Submission Portal to have your case study considered as part of this process.
Step 6: Join the Collegial Peer Review Community of Practice on Yammer.
Step 7: When you have completed your OER, please download, complete, and submit to the Library this OER Library Deposit form if you wish to add your OER to the Library Collection.
Peer Review with a Buddy is supported by 21C. For more information visit the Peer Review with a Buddy page.
In academia, quality control is often referred to as Peer Review. Sometimes OERs are vetted through a formal peer review process that is very similar to what is used on formally published textbooks and scholarly journals; other times the process is self-selecting and informal. Some OERs are not vetted at all, and the quality control will dependant for hosting via the Library or you can use independently within vUWS
In this context, OER repositories and lists generally have features like:
An increasing number of reputable OER repositories and lists have an actual peer review system as well. The peer reviewers are given training and assigned content to review based on their areas of expertise.
Our philosophy is that the educator who is using the content is responsible for evaluating the content for their curriculum needs which will ensure:
Note: This includes accessibility for both staff and students.
There are two ways to evaluate the OER you have created:
Here are a few steps you might take in the evaluation process. If this process seems lengthy, think about the process you follow to review textbooks and other materials for your course. You can use a similar or modified evaluation process.
We recommend the use of the following Learning Futures form for Peer Review of OER:
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