As faculty, you assess textbooks against a set of criteria that reflects your long experience and knowledge of student needs. You do the same with Open Textbooks, but there are a few additional considerations.
Accuracy of material, Richness, Depth, Breadth, Timeliness, Cultural context
Writing quality and tone, Reading level, Organization, Visual presentation, Hierarchy of information, Collateral materials
* Accessibility online - Are the web pages for the textbook accessible?
* Production options - Is the book available in more than one format? Printed? Bound? PDF?
* Platform compatibility - Is the textbook viewable and usable on both MAC's and PC's?
* Delivery options - Is a bound copy available at a very low price? Will your bookstore be able to carry the printed version?
* Interactivity - If the online version includes interactive software or multi-media files, are they accessible and cross platform?
* Consistency between online and printed presentation - Are the online and printed versions comparable in organization and basic appearance? Will you be able to identify locations in either with minimal confusion for students?
* Collateral material - If there are test banks, interactive modules, or other enrichment materials, are they in a format you can use? Are they accessible? Are they free or very inexpensive?
The final piece of evaluation is to consider how your students felt about it once the course is complete. Consider collecting student feedback with this Creative Commons Student Evaluation Checklist. Edit it, modify it, print it out and pass it out.