Not all Open Education Resources (OER) are created equal. Assessment is still key to your decision to adopt an OER, just as it is with publisher or internet content.

One widely used way to assess online resources is the CRAAP test. First developed by librarians at California State University—Chico, institutions across the globe have adopted it as a framework for evaluating sources. CRAAP refers to Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose.

Take a look at this two minute video about Evaluating Sources (Western University, 2012) which provides an overview of the CRAAP test.

Regardless of your discipline, you are likely to be concerned with learners’ understanding of their limited privacy online.

For this activity your task is to first evaluate a video- Hot on your trail: Privacy, your data, and who has access to it (Reveal, 2013):

Use this CRAAP Test Evaluation form to enter your evaluation of this video. Once you have submitted your evaluation, you can check to see what others think. Take notes on the responses and your thoughts on the video now having answered the questions and compared yourself with others.

Next, apply the CRAAP test to the resources that you chose for your contribution to the shared Curation as Creation – Creation as Curation Padlet used in the Curation Creation activity.   If any of your resources “fail” the CRAAP test, try to find another one to replace it.

Once you have deemed your resources worthy, annotate each one using “Add Comment” in padlet to include an explanation of how you would use this resource in your course. Review some of the other contributions in the padlet and add comments to those curated creations.

Then comment on the resources that you have chosen for your contribution, share them with your colleagues, and reflect more deeply on the ways that you will use them in your course and what you might curate. Include a summary reflection in your response to this activity.

As evidence of your work, upload a screenshot of your completed column from the padlet.

This activity is part of the Assessing OER section of the Curator Module.




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8 Responses for this Activity

  • Holy CRAAP!!!
    by Lynn Chartrand (@lynn_chartrand)

    I have included this content onto a previous blog post. The assessment for the CRAPP test and reflection have been included with this prior blog in order to facilitate matters. All of the information regarding OER can be found in one post.

  • OER!
    by Pamela Koski Bryant (@BryantKoski)

    I have chosen those specific resources because they actually have neat videos attached to some of the lessons. Videos are another platform I would like to incorporate into all of my classes! So far, this has been my favorite Ontario extend activity….. 🙂

  • Fun with acronyms
    by Melanie Lefebvre (@ProfMelLefebvre)

    Instructions: “Apply the CRAAP test to the resources that you chose. . .” I put my resources to the test and realized it would be back to the drawing board as one of them did not pass. It’s still up on my Padlet for viewing purposes but a new one has been added that got through security.

  • Insert CRAAP-y Title Here
    by Mel Young (@melyoung00)

    I continue my original OER blog post with my CRAAP test and reflective blog post here.

  • Oh CRAAP
    by Sidney (@data_professor)

    This post is going to deal with CRAAP, currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose. Specifically we are going to deal with an issue around open source tools in class. In my program, we sometimes want to make students aware of a particular piece of software, but not each an entire course about it. When looking at more… »

  • Applying the CRAAP Test to Mastering Strategic Management, Edwards, 2014
    by Irene Stewart (@IrenequStewart)

    Using the CRAAP test to check my OER textbook selection

  • Is it C.R.A.A.P.?
    by Steven Secord (@stevensecord)

    The Be Internet Awesome resource provided by Google could potentially have some issues when looked at through the CRAAP lens. In this blog post I do just that and you might be surprised by what my conclusions were.

  • Four Moves to keep it REAL
    by Helen DeWaard (@hj_dewaard)

    This blog post explores how curating resources as an educator takes more moves than just detecting CRAAP. An added layer includes examining the ‘trustworthiness’ of the source and resource. Educators also need to analyze whether the resources are useful, in full or part, for the students, course and content they are teaching. The four moves more… »

1 Resource for this Activity

  • The CRAAP Test ((Meriam Library, CSU Chico))
    shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog)

    This Libguide includes an explanation of each element of the CRAAP Test, from the place where it was originally developed.

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