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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 […]
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Insight into the UNESCO OER Draft Recommendations
A New Date Will Be Announced
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.
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 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.