|Overall evaluation of the OER||Sample Resources (for comparison I choose atomic bonding since I am very familiar with it.)|
|List of Open Education Resources (OERs)||User Friendly||Well Organised||Typical Quality||Ease of Navigation/Search||Easy to use||Visually Appealing||Would you recommend it to co-workers?||Summary score||Range of Subjects||Range of Skill levels||Quality of materials||Ease of use of material||Adaptable?||Overall Impression|
|1. Connexions||Moderate to difficult. If you are looking for something that you already have an idea of where it should be within a subjects field then you will likely find some good notes about what you want. 2/5||The materials are organized by the standard kinds of university courses that you would expect to be offered in a first or second year course of general studies at university. There are more that you can search but unless you already know what it is you are not going to find it. 3/5||The quality is very high. All of the material is at a university level and the textbooks read like university textbooks. Unfortunately that means that you will likely need a professor to explain the material to you as the textbooks are not likely going to be enough to teach you. 5/5||The search was not immediately intuitive. The results were to which books contained that content and they were not ranked by which would be most useful. If you did not already have an idea of where to look you would not find what you wanted. 2/5||It is 100% textbooks. There are no lesson plans that I could find and the material I viewed was heavy on the text, with minimal visuals. It would be difficult to use as your sole resource as it seemed fairly dry. 3/5||The website has a clean minimalistic layout. You can click on a topic and it will load a textbook for you or you can search. It was a very basic layout. 4/5||Only to someone who already knew something about the subject that they were looking. I could use it to look up some higher level notes for chemistry or biology and then I could simplify it hugely. 3/5||22/35 = 62%|
If you want a university textbook substitute then this is a great site. If you want something that helps you understand or that explains things at lower than a university level look elsewhere. Also no lesson plans.
|The kinds of broad subjects that would be offered to a first year univeristy student. Beyond that you could search, but good luck finding what you want.||Only University level||Very high if what you want is a textbook. Very low if you are looking for anything else.||Difficult to locate what you need. But once you find it the material is somewhat useful. It is a textbook.||It would take a lot of work to adapt it.||Great if you want a textbook. As a supplement for me as a teacher it would act to remind me of what I learned in university. It would not help me teach the content at all.|
|2. OER Commons||This site was immediately intuitive to me. There was a dropdown menu system for refining my search a number of ways. Almost all of which would be useful to me. With that said I am not easily intimidated by websites and I was a little overwhelmed by the resource building. 4/5||This website makes sense. Anything I went looking for was pretty much where I would have expected it to be, and when it wasn't it was easy to find. 5/5||This site has material at all age levels. The material is age appropriate so I would say the quality is high because even at the younger levels the material is still ranked and you get what you expect. 5/5||There is a search right on the front page. This pulls up results that are ranked. I found this to be useful. The results were not just textbooks. There was a description of what was found. Some were videos, others simulations, etc. 5/5||In order to access some of the site you had to sign up but it was free. Once I did this I found that it would also search the resources that were on Connexions, and other OERs so that made it much more useful. 4/5||This one is colourful with a much nicer interface. It also works easily. 5/5||I know that I am going to come back to this OER. I can look for existing lessons at multiple grade levels. I can find resources, also there is a lesson building. It also has a way for me to build material that I can share with others. I am bringing this up at the next staff meeting. 5/5||33/35 = 94%|
This site is almost perfect. It has a few things that have a steep learning curve but that make sense after you stumble through them the first time. A tutorial the first time you launch a new toold would be about the obnly recommnedation that I woudl make to this company. I will be using this resource a lot.
|They have a huge range of subjects when you search. The generic subject appear limited, but the results are not confined to those first suggestions.||There is material all the way from pre-school to university. Excellent range.||The materials are ranked and so you can see if a resource will be useful even before opening it. Also there is a description of the resource given so you have an idea what the resource is about. This may help you decide if you used a poor keyword in your search if it really matches with what you want.||The material that I found worked very well and had material that explained at many levels using visuals, interactive simulations, and questions to assess learning.||There are a lot of supporting materials provided with links to national education standards (american of course) so I suspect that I would not have much trouble adapting this.||I was really impressed with the resources that I found. They were simplistic enough to make it easy to understand at many grade levels but detailed enough to make sure that it would not condradict any additional information that I might provide as a teacher.|
|3. Archive.org(andArchive.org Education)||It takes a few tries to figure out how to use the site, it is not obvious how to find what you want. However once you figure out how the organization works you can usually find something useful. 3.5/5||There are major categories that you can search within. Then within each category there are subcategories. You can then search within a single section or within all sections. There is no immediate way to see the heirarchal directory which I would have liked. 4.5/5||The quality of the material is very high. You are mostly finding scanned resources. With that said it is not organised by age level or anything like that. Also will searching the word Stars I came across adult content. I was surprised that was not filtered out. I would not send a student to this site. 3/5||The search is like a floodgate. It is hard to sort through all of the result to find the useful result. The results are not ranked, but they do who you how many others found them useful. Also there are filters but they are only based on generic metadata. With that said it does provide a screenshot thumbnail that is somewhat useful. 3/5||I was able to find a good textbook for what I wanted to learn. Also I was able to find 2 good quality videos. With that said I had to know what I was looking for. I could not find something using generic searches. 3/5||The layout is simple and menu driven. It looks okay but lacks colour. It is a darker looking website. 4/5||I would recommend it for a few specific uses. It is good for looking for software. I was able to find an old computer game that I used to play when growing up. Also the wayback machine is useful if you want to cite a website as it appeared at a specific time. That is usefule for battling fake news. 4/5||25/35 = 71%|
This site has a few really useful tools for researching archivial data. That is likely the only thing that I would use it for, but that is kind of imnplied within the sites name.
|They have a huge range of subjects because they pretty much archive everything.||There likely is many skill levels archived but there is no way to search by age or skill level. So it is not useful for that.||The materials that you can find have accurate data. The textbook on chemistry that I found was one of the best that I have ever seen, similar to the one I used at univserity. However it was not a lesson plan and would not be so useful if you were not being guided through the course. I doubt that most people could learn the material from that resource alone.||The material is usually written although you can also find some videos. There are not lessons though.||The teacher would have to know their stuff and hwo it applies to the curriculum already. There is no supplementary material to make implementing the resources easier.||What the website does well it does really well. The wayback machine and the archiving of past websites for citation later was great. As for finding resources to help tech as topic it was less useful. There was too much material and it was not sorted in any immediately useful way.|
|4. MERLOT||I was able to find the kind of information that I was looking for rather quickly. It also had handy rankings. I felt that it was easy to use. 5/5||The site appears to be well organized. There are different sections for finding resources, and for contributing resources. Within the search there was a lot of very useful options. 5/5||The material is varied in type. Some is textbook like in nature, others are video resources. They all appeared to be of high quality, although the textbook resources I found while technically correct were text heavy and lacking in pictures or diagrams. This can make learning harder. 4/5||The search function had some really useful filters includeing by grade level. I could also state what kind of material format I was looking for. I found what I wanted on my first advanced search. The results are also ranked and have descriptors which makes them easier to use. 5/5||The material that I found was well done. Also it was adaptable to what I needed. I really liked that it included an email for the contributor. That way I can ask questions or offer feedback if I wish. 5/5||It is bright and full of pictures. It makes you immediately feel welcome. 5/5||I would recomment it to find content for helping to develop the teachers understanding. I do not know how useful it would be to my students. 3/5||32/35 = 91%|
This site is good fro finding material that will help the teacher learn it more. I did not find lesson plans here though. So I would only recommend it for reviewing the concepts for the teacher.
|They have a very large range of materials||There are different skill levels on this website so that is good.||The material is of a high quality. It is also age appropriate, but it is dry. It also does not come with a lesson plan so it is more difficult to use.||The lack of lesson plans makes it so that the teacher will have to do more of the planning in order to use this material.||There are no standards attached to the different materials so it is up to the teacher to figure out how to best adapt the material to their needs.||I liked the website but wished it would proved some lesson plans. Often do not use the lesson plans but modify them to my own needs, but they act as starting points for myself. They do some of the conceptual heavy lifting so it is disappointing to not have them.|
|5. Open Courseware Consortium||There is an easy to use menu system and a list of textbooks. 5/5||They are very well organised with many drop down menus and lots of information about who they are and what kinds of material they offer. 5/5||The quality of the resources is excellent and at a university level. They work in conjunction with MERLOT so you do not find anything on their site that is not on the other. 4/5||Their search is only for courses or general topics. If you want a more fine detailed search they tell you to go to the Merlot site. 1/5||Their site is great if you just want to find the name of a course that you can take. If you are looking for specific materials then I would not recommend them. 2/5||Thir site is nice and bright and well laid out visually. 5/5||If you are looking for an entire course or an alternate textbook to use for teaching a university level course then yes. If you are looking for high school or primary material then no. 3/5||25/35 = 71%|
This site is great if you are looking specifically for an OER textbook or an OER degree. (There are OER degrees?!)
|They have a very large range of university level material.||They only have university level material.||The material that I opened was well laid out and easy to read. I was able to find a high school textbook that contained the information I was looking for. The text was good and it had some sample problems.||There was a testbook that matched my search but it did not have any lesson plans, quizzes, or anything like that.||If the teacher was looking for some notes to give then this would work great. If they were looking for something that would help thme figure out the lesson then it was not so helpful.||I think that this site is okay. I may use it again to find a good free OER textbook. I doubt that I would go here unless I knew exactly what kind of resource I was looking for and just wanted a free version.|
|6. CK12 Foundation||This site was very user friendly with a student side and a teacher side to the site. In order to truly see the difference you will need to sign up. I signed up twice once as a student and once as a teacher to see what the difference was. The teacher side is focused on helping you plan lessons. The student side on learning content. 5/5||The site is well laid out, but there is a lot to explore and look into. I did at times find myself wondering how I found that resource and if I could find it again. So perhaps it could be better laid out. However once I signed up the ease of use became much easier since I had a dashboard to track everything on. 4/5||The information is targeted at high school students. With that said there are some very high level materials here and the material that is targeted at a younger age is age appropriate. 5/5||The search works well but the information that is provided is a little overwhelming. There is a lot of search filters since they are trying to help a lot of different demographics. For exampel you can search by state outcomes. Cool if you are American. I had to dig a little through the results to get what I wanted. 4/5||The site provides lesson plans for teachers and provided learning plans for students. There were also tools to connect to others. 5/5||The site is bright, nicely laid out and the lesson pages were well structured. There are not large intimidating blocks of text. Very well done. 5/5||Yeah there are some really neat tools on this website. There is a thing called concept map that is extremely useful for figuring out how to connect ideas in the maths and sciences. This could be useful for planning out units and for cross curricular collaboration. There are also numerous tools. I will have to explore it more later. 5/5||33/35 = 94%|
This site does a lot right. The only drawback is that it requires a login. Also the search feature could be a little more fine tuned to include rankings. I will definitely keep using this site.
|This site only has Math, English, and Science. Sorry everyone else.||This site is also only for grade school. No university materials here.||The material that is provided is of very high quality. I was able to find some really good chemistry lessons.||The materials are well laid out and could be easily used by a teacher or a student.||This site is very adaptable if you are in the right subject area.||I am very impressed by this site and will be using it a lot in the future. I may even be using it next week in class. I have to explore it more to see what else it could offer to my students.|
|7. Curriki||looks moderately useful|
|8. Khan Academy||Looks really useful and I will have to explore it more.|
|9. Lab Space||looks really useful to learn university level or grade 12 level material.|
|10. Open Textbook Library|
|11. American Institute of Mathematics|
|12. Open Learn|
|13. TED Ed|
|14. Wiki Educator|
|1. MOOC Providers: Coursera, Udacity, EdX|
|2. A long list of many more repositories, directories, and resources here.|