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Table 2 Criticality and feasibility ratings for the proposed selection criteria

From: A framework for assessing fitness for purpose in open educational resources

Criteria Criticality Rating (N = 207) Feasibility Rating (N = 207)
Dimension 1: Content M SD M SD
1) The content is correct and up to date. 4.40 .756 4.00 .873
2) The content includes significant concepts, models and skills appropriate for the discipline. 4.08 .829 3.77 .844
3) The content is appropriate to the learners’ knowledge, skills and abilities. 3.93 .836 3.43 .910
4) The content is culturally appropriate and contains no racial or gender bias. 3.78 .965 3.52 1.047
5) The content is developed through rigorous academic processes by well-qualified persons. 3.80 .895 3.48 .944
6) The OER accords with copyright laws (Commons License) and is correctly cited/acknowledged. 4.20 .927 3.81 .999
Dimension 2: Potential Teaching/Learning Effectiveness M SD M SD
7) The teaching/learning objectives of the OER are clear. 3.78 .881 3.75 .900
8) The OER can be readily integrated into the current curriculum and pedagogy. 3.74 .847 3.43 .962
9) The OER can be easily integrated into and improve a variety of courses and teaching/learning environments. 3.71 .865 3.47 .918
10) The OER’s multimedia components provide effective presentation. 3.29 .920 3.46 .928
11) The OER includes interactive instructional activities. 3.53 1.023 3.30 .918
12) The OER includes test/self-assessment items that enable the learners to study independently. 3.52 .994 3.41 .859
Dimension 3: Ease of Use M SD M SD
13) The screen layout of the OER helps the learners comprehend the content and has no distracting features. 3.80 .902 3.70 .891
14) The user-interface components (buttons, menus, icons, scroll bars, etc.) are arranged consistently and allow the learners to navigate the site easily. 3.82 .890 3.70 .885
15) The OER facilitates flexible learning by allowing the learners to control the rate, order and nature of their learning. 3.82 .810 3.57 .916
16) The OER’s navigation system enables the learners to know where they are relative to the rest of the site. 3.64 .799 3.65 .896
17) The presentation methods of the OER are suited to the learners’ prior knowledge and abilities. 3.37 .893 3.24 .891
18) The OER can easily be remixed, manipulated, aggregated and shared to meet other teaching/learning needs. 3.93 .963 3.31 1.001