BranchED developed the Equity Rubric for Open Educational Resources (OER) Evaluation to address the gap in instruments for evaluating OER teacher education instructional materials for equity. The rubric is intended for use by Teacher Educators (TEs) to evaluate OER with the goal of increasing the number of high-quality, equity oriented, and inclusive OER that represents communities of color.
This tool has been designed to allow for the evaluation of resources at both the level of specific dimensions and also overall equity. Depending on the context, users of the rubric may want to compare resources based on total scores across all equity dimensions to select a more overall equitable resource over resources that may have a lower total score. In the creation of new instructional materials, a goal of a high overall equity score can map the design process so that it incorporates equity throughout. Another way to use the rubric is to focus on dimension subscores, which become especially useful when the rubric is used as a filtering tool. For example, one way the rubric can be used is if a faculty member decides, “I need to find a resource that is culturally sustaining, so I will look for an OER that scores high in the various criteria that make up the culturally sustaining dimension.” A resource that earns a high score in the culturally sustaining dimension may not get a high score in UDL, and, according to this example, that would be acceptable.