Is there a Quality Assurance Framework for OER?


Yes, there is a quality assurance framework to support the development and use of OER, known as the TIPS Framework. This framework offers a set of 38 criteria that teachers might consider when creating or judging the quality of OER. These criteria are grouped as follows:

  • T - Teaching and Learning Processes

  • I - Information and Material Content

  • P - Presentation, Product and Format

  • S - System Technical and Technology

The broader purpose of this framework is to stimulate the gradual development of a culture of quality surrounding the use, reuse and sharing of OER to generally improve teaching and learning.

Click here to download the TIPS Framework e-book (version 2.0).

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Kawachi, P. (2014). Quality assurance guidelines for open educational resources: TIPS framework. Retrieved from

Kawachi, P. (2014, June). The TIPS quality assurance framework for creating open educational resources: Validation. In Conference paper of 2nd Regional Symposium on OER held at Wawasan Open University from (pp. 24-27). Retrieved from