Clements and Pawlowski’s (2012, p. 9) survey-based study of secondary school teachers’ attitudes towards OER quality identifies several selection indicators involved in survey respondents’ choice of OER: 89% found resources by browsing on topics and subjects; 82% found resources based on recommendations from colleagues, 71% found resources based on recommendations from personal friends; 56% searched for well ranked resources and 58% searched for resources from an organization with a good reputation (e.g. Harvard, MIT, and NASA). They conclude that, in addition to quality instruments such as rankings and recommendations, trust is a common feature amongst these selection indicators and a core component of judgements around OER quality during the search phase of the re-use process.
: Clements, K. I., and Pawlowski, J. M. (2012) User-oriented quality for OER: understanding teachers’ views on re-use, quality, and trust. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 28(1): 4-14. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00450.x