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    Welcome OEC’s newest member, San Jacinto College located in southeast Harris County, Texas, serving the community of Pasadena and the greater Houston area.  Read more about the College and their open initiative, The Open Books Program.    

2019 OE Awards’ Winners: Resources, Tools & Practices

The Open Education Consortium announced today the 2019 Open Education Awards for Excellence winners in the categories of OPEN RESOURCES, TOOLS & PRACTICES. Find below additional information on this year’s winners. A big thank you to the Open Education Awards for Excellence Committee, for helping us in this important process.   1- Open MOOC:  PhD and Career […]

2019 Winners of Resources, Tools, and Practices Awards

The Open Education Awards for Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education community. These awards recognize distinctive Open Educational Resources, Open Projects & Initiatives, as well as exemplary leaders in Open Education worldwide. These awards are presented each year at the Open Education Global Conference.

Resources, Tools and Practices Awards

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MOOC PhD and Career Development

Institution: PhDOOC Association, France

A unique MOOC conceived for PhD candidates and PhD graduates from all disciplines. Based on peers working together and jointly compiling knowledge by encouraging participants to hold discussions and help one another. It enables learners to identify and build their skills portfolio and define their career plan.

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Open Course

Zero Textbook Cost Pathways: OER & Equity

Institution: Cabrillo College and College of the Canyons, United States

An Open Course Linking Equity, OER, Zero Textbook Cost Degrees, and Guided Pathways. Participants employ an equity cognitive frame to examine the impact of textbook costs on student success, and the disproportionate impact on historically underserved students.

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OER offline

Offline Teacher Training MOOC

Institution: World Possible Guatemala, Guatemala

A course designed to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms, while also, through different proposed teaching methods, help them promote “XXI Century Skills” with their students. This offline technology is possible through the low-cost server RACHEL, which has been developed to provide local and world class open educational content to rural schools that have no access to the internet.


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Open Textbook

Blueprint for Success in College and Career

Institution: Grossmont College, United States

A students’ guide for classroom and career success. This text, designed to show how to be successful in college and career preparation focuses on study skills, time management, career exploration, health, and financial literacy.


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OER Collection


Institution: TU Delft, The Netherlands

A user-friendly practice platform to collaboratively create, edit and share OER for Math and Statistics. A platform where teachers can find, edit, and share learning materials with other educators and with students. The mission is to make knowledge openly accessible to everyone and to strive to help people learn difficult concepts by practicing with high-quality exercises, created by educators who build on each other’s work.

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OER Repository

OCW Universidad de Cantabria

Institution: Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

OCW UC has been creating, expanding and improving their list of resources since 2009. The University of Cantabria contributes to fostering open education through initiatives such as its Repository of Teaching Resources. This carefully selected and organized collection of resources serves to enhance the teacher’s knowledge on open education methodologies, and improve their ability to create high quality teaching materials and activities.

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OER Translations

Asuka Academy

Institution: Asuka Academy, Japan

Translation and distribution of world OER content as a semi-formal educational program for High School students in Japan. Asuka Academy aims to provide Japanese learners with new learning opportunities through translated quality OER from around the world. Translations are performed by almost 1,500 volunteers. To date, 93 courses have been translated with enrollments totaling 26,913.

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OER Curation


Institution: SUNY Geneseo, United States

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search is a search tool aimed at making the discovery of open content easier. It currently searches open content from 91 sources and contains more than 365,000 records, most of which are in the public domain or openly licensed. Currently, more than 470 institutions from eight different countries are linking to OASIS from their institutions websites.

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Open Pedagogy

The Open Faculty Patchbooks

Institution: Fleming College & eCampusOntario, Canada

Educators from around the world have built (& continue to build!) a community patchwork of ‘chapters’ into a quasi-textbook about pedagogy for teaching & learning in higher education. Each patch of the quilt/chapter of the book focuses on one pedagogical skill and is completed and published by different individual faculty members from any institution wanting to join in.


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Open Research

Studies of educational innovation in the open movement

Institution: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

The open research initiative integrates studies of educational innovation in MOOCs and open repository systems. The project highlights studies that are carried out by researchers, master students and students of doctoral programs in Mexico and Spain that participate in the Educational Innovation Research Group, the Openergy Network and the UNESCO / ICDE Open Educational Movement for Latin America Chairs.


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Open Innovation

Energy Sustainability training through MOOCs Subproject

Institution: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

The Bi-National Laboratory on Smart Sustainable Energy Management and Technology Training is a platform where knowledge and technology are created to support the creation of sustainable energy solutions for Mexico. An interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative initiative where government, private and public institutions, as well as national and international organizations, contribute to the success of the project.


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Open Policy

Open Education Initiative

Institutions: UNESCO Chair in Distance Education and Educadigital Institute, Brazil

A joint effort to advance Open Education and OER as part of a digital rights agenda in Brazil and the region since 2008. Their work includes professional development, mentoring in educational policy, research, publications, resource production and repositories, as well as on-site and distance education.


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Open Collaboration

Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx)

Institution: Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

A bold and innovative intervention with global relevance to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the public education systems in India. The overarching goal is to demonstrate quality at scale through meaningful use of new media and digital technologies in resource constrained contexts.


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Open Simulation

PhET Interactive Simulations

Institution: University of Colorado Boulder, United States

Over the past 17 years, the PhET Interactive Simulations team has created a collection of 150+ open educational simulations for teaching science and math. From exploring energy to mastering multiplication, each PhET simulation is a highly interactive and flexible tool that allows teachers to use the resource in new and creative ways in their classrooms. With translations into 93 languages and over 100 million uses per year, teachers around the globe are using PhET simulations to make science and math more engaging and accessible for all learners.


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Open App

VR classroom

Institution: The Open University, United Kingdom, Rumpus Centre

An open education virtual reality app that can be used, openly and freely, in classrooms to enhance students’ learning and engagement. Virtual Reality (VR) can transform the way educational content is delivered making it easy to immerse students in time, space and story.


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Open Science


Institution: Qeios Ltd, United Kingdom

An Open Science platform reshaping the publication life cycle. From a powerful writing tool to an immediate Open Access platform, Qeios provides researchers with the all-in-one solution to create the world’s best research.


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Open Geography

Open Geography Education

Institution: Salt Lake Community College, United States

Dedicated to providing open resources, products and services to anybody who is interested in learning about the earth, its places and the relationships between people and their environments. Using the world as their main contributor and content experts, this initiative strives to make the most engaging, dynamic, and relevant information for its growing community.



Student Award 2019

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Dirk Ulijn & Bart Meeuwissen

TU Delft, The Netherlands

The student award is presented to the student or students whose achievements inspire or advocate for the promotion and advancement of open educational resources and open education.  This year, two students are recognized for their significant, global contribution of open resources in the field of high speed transportation.

To accelerate the development of the Hyperloop concept, a revolutionary high speed transportation system, SpaceX organizes the Hyperloop Pod Competition. Student teams around the globe are challenged to design and build a half-sized Hyperloop pod, to travel through a 1.2 km low pressure tube, built by SpaceX in California.

In 2016, students from TU Delft formed a team and compete in the first competition, which they won!  Since then, each year a new group of students picks up the baton from their colleagues; knowledge and experience from one team is passed on to the next to improve and participate in what is considered a very tough competition.

Dirk Ulijn and Bart Meeuwissen are two of these students from TU Delft that participated in the Hyperloop project.  They were eager to share their knowledge and passion about the project not only with the team who’d come after them, but with the whole world.  To share their knowledge and passion for high speed travel, they created a MOOC, Hyperloop: Changing the Future of Transportation, featured on the edX platform, free for everyone to study, and released under a CC BY NC SA license. Their generosity of spirit and open vision is hard to match.


What is the hyperloop?

Twitter: @DelftHyperloop

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2019 Winners of OE Awards

The Open Education Awards for Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education community, recognizing exemplary leaders, distinctive Open Educational Resources, and Open Projects & Initiatives.  Join us in congratulating the following 2019 Open Education Awards for Excellence recipients.

Individual Awards

Leadership Award

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is a leading figure in the international Open Educational Resources (OER) research community and currently holds the first ever UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice.

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Practitioner Award

Carlos Delgado Kloos

Prof. Carlos Delgado Kloos has been an outstanding educator for over 35 years. His most recent contributions to open education include: the creation of a course for OpenCourseware on “Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Technologies” and the realization of 9 MOOCs for edX and MiríadaX.

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Student Award

Dirk Ulijn & Bart Meeuwissen

TU Delft, The Netherlands

The student award is presented to the student or students whose achievements inspire or advocate for the promotion and advancement of open educational resources and open education. This year, two students are recognized for their significant, global contribution of open resources in the field of high speed transportation.

Read more…

Read the full 2019 Open Education Awards for Excellence Press Release Download PDF

Practitioner Award 2019

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Carlos Delgado Kloos

Practitioner Award for Excellence

Prof. Carlos Delgado Kloos has been an outstanding educator for over 35 years. His most recent contribution to open education includes two MOOC trilogies on Introduction to Java Programming published on edX (in English and in Spanish) that have reached close to 500,000 registered learners.

He has participated in 9 other MOOCs on edX and MiríadaX and in the creation of a course for OpenCourseware on “Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Technologies”. The first of these MOOCs was entitled Digital Education of the Future (“Educación Digital del Futuro”); published in MiríadaX in Spanish at the beginning of 2013, surpassing 5,000 registered users.

From that moment on, his facet as a teacher has been focused on the creation of MOOCs. He has also led the development of a MOOC -the only one of its kind in Spanish- on how to make a successful MOOC on Open edX (Cómo crear un MOOC de éxito con Open edX). He has also participated in a MOOC on “Learning Analytics in Higher Education” in edX. His experience has been shared in numerous discussion forums on MOOCs and open education. 

Prof. Carlos Delgado Kloos received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid. He is a Full Professor of Telematics Engineering at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he is also Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education, and Director of the UNESCO Chair on “Scalable Digital Education for All” (“Educación Digital Escalable para Todos”) and of the GAST research group. He has been and currently is the coordinator of different international and national e-learning research projects, such as MOOC-Maker, E-LANE, EEE, Mosaic Learning, eMadrid, RESET, or SMARTLET, among others. He has been Chair of different important conferences such as “Program Chair”, “General Chair” and “Organization Chair” of the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL), or Chair or the MOOC European Stakeholders Summit (EMOOCs). He has also been a Keynote Speaker in a lot of relevant conferences. His skills and experience include research and development in topics related to technology enhanced learning and open education, such as MOOCs, SPOCs, learning analytics, evaluation of learning experiences, etc.

He is also the general coordinator of the development of MOOCs and SPOCs at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid using platforms such as edX, Open edX, Khan Academy, and MiríadaX. Moreover, he has also coordinated different user studies and evaluations of learning experiences in very different contexts.  

View some of Carlos’ work: 


Read more about Professor Delgado Kloos and his work.

Cover image by Carlos Delgado Kloos (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) via Flickr.

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Leadership Award 2019

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is a leading figure in the international Open Educational Resources (OER) research community and currently holds the first ever UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice.

Formerly the PI of the large-scale, cross-regional Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, Cheryl has made a substantial contribution to growing research capacity in and advancing a theoretical understanding of open education and OER. In her capacity as a researcher and mentor, she has been instrumental in supporting a network of Global South scholars and ensuring that a diversity of voices is profiled in the global OER  conversation.

Always operating with a critical and rigorously conceived big-picture perspective as well as deep compassion, Cheryl’s leadership has bolstered the developing country research presence in the global OER conversation. Her inclusive, critical leadership style has been instrumental in promoting research interventions of the highest standard while always promoting a caring, context-sensitive approach to working with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and portraying the complexity of the Global open education landscape.


Read some of Cheryl’s work

Hodgkinson-Williams, C.A. (2018). When social inclusion doesn’t go far enough: concerns for the future of the OER movement in the Global South

Hodgkinson-Williams, C.A. & Trotter, H. (2018). A social justice framework for understanding open educational resources and practices in the Global South, Journal of Learning for Development, 5(3), 204-224. Retrieved from http://www.jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/312

Cover image adapted from photo by Marcela Hernández (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.

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OEC Webinars

Insight into the UNESCO OER Draft Recommendations

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Join Paul Stacey and Igor Lesko for an overview of the UNESCO Draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources.  Learn what is in the Recommendation, the timeline to adoption, and what the approval means for each of us.







Open Education Leadership

October 1, 10 a.m. EDT (2 p.m. UTC)



Join us for an informative webinar on events and activities OEC is providing for open education leaders around the world including the inaugural CCCOER Leaders Advocacy Group to be launched the day before the Open Education Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, the Open Policy Forum in Warsaw, Poland, the Open EdTech Global Festival in Barcelona, and leadership sessions at OEC’s own OE Global19 Conference in Milan, Italy.



Welcome New Member!

  East Los Angeles College East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has an international, multicultural student body that complements the 14 communities comprising its primary service area. The college offers both academic transfer courses, which prepare students for admission to four-year colleges and universities, and occupational programs which prepare students for careers in two years or […]

OEC Special Projects


The Open Education Consortium forms strategic partnerships with other organizations who share common goals and aspirations. Collaboration is a fundamental principle of open education. We achieve more together than we do apart. OEC welcomes expressions of interest around partnering and collaboration at any time. Here are a few of our current special projects done in partnership with others.



OEC is partnering with Moodle to develop and host an OpenEdTech Global Festival. This two day event, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, November 21-22, 2019, is targeted to builders, users, and funders of a future where education is supported by open technology infrastructure. Less a conference and more a hands on working event of sprints, hackathons, and strategy development, this event will provide a space where the open software projects, government education ministries, development organizations, academics, educational institutions and users can get to know each other, and work towards building a strong open technical infrastructure to support education in the decades ahead. For more information and to express an interest in participating, see the Open EdTech Global website.

OEC has been actively involved with the Open Education for a Better World Program (OE4BW) since January 2019. Initiated in 2018 by the UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Education and the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia, OE4BW is an international online free mentoring program. It supports the development and implementation of OER pertaining to topics both with a social impact, and which address one or more UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

Thirty five (35) projects were accepted into the Year 2 of the program (January – July 2019). Project leaders were collectively supervised by 41 experienced mentors. Projects were divided into three regional geographic hubs. Here, coordinators were appointed to help manage projects, mentors and administrative processes in different countries around the world. Igor Lesko, from OEC, was involved in a hub coordinating capacity guiding 12 projects and mentors from Africa, Europe and Asia. This process included regular tracking of progress with project leaders and mentors, providing advice and input into projects and acting as a liaison between project leaders, mentors and the program initiators in Slovenia. Hub coordinators also assisted program initiators to develop and manage the final OE4BW event program in Vipava, Slovenia this past July 1 – 4, 2019. Project leaders at OE4BW showcased their online course and resource creation initiatives, and received feedback aimed to support projects.

Planning for the third phase of the program in 2020 is currently underway. More information will be available in November 2019.  For more information about the program, projects, and the final event in Vipava, visit the OE4BW website.

OEC is partnering with Centrum Cyfrowe and SPARC to develop and host the
Open Policy Forum. This forum is for participants who are involved with, or planning to create, an open policy for their institution, region or country. Starting with a two day workshop in Warsaw Poland, participants will then work on their policy over the next six months culminating in presenting achievements during Open Education Week in March 2020. For more information see the Open Policy Forum website. 

On May 27 – 28, 2019, OEC represented the Open Educational Consortium and its members at the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts reviewing the UNESCO Draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. UNESCO hosted this convening to make any necessary revisions or additions required for consensus adoption. Learn more about OEC’s involvement in the ED Insight.