Lena Patterson

Location: Canada
Term: 2018-2020

Lena has been a part of the eCampusOntario team since the organization opened shop in August 2015. She worked closely with the government to establish the consortium model in Ontario and now heads up a growing project team in her role as Senior Director, Programs and Stakeholder Relations. Lena focuses on cross-pollination, collaboration and the promotion of open education, access and innovation in online and technology-enabled teaching and learning across the province. Lena has an MA from Dalhousie University and is a student in the Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program at Western University. You can find her on twitter @lpatter10 and blogging at chatter.themasthead.ca.


Katsusuke Shigeta

Hokkaido University
Location: Japan
Term: 2018-2020

Katsusuke Shigeta is an associate professor of Information Initiative Center at Hokkaido University. He is an associate director of the Center for Open Education at the University and the president of JOCW (Japan OCW Consortium). His specialty is educational technology, especially in the research of the development of online learning and distance education utilizing OER and MOOC. In addition, he is leading the national survey of IT introduction in higher education in Japan including the awareness of OER and MOOC. His research is published in Open Praxis.


Jane-Frances Obiageli Agbu

National Open University of Nigeria
Location: Nigeria
Term: 2018-2020

Jane-Frances Obiageli AGBU holds an ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources and she is also a laureate of 2016 Open Leadership Institute of Creative Commons. Jane-Frances is currently the Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences, of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. Jane-Frances is a strong advocate of Open Education and has been in this field since 2006. As an expert in open education, Jane-Frances has over 12 years experience in advising faculty, institutions and government in open education and and more recently, Open Educational Resources (OER). This passion paved way for her to stimulate the embrace Open Educational Resources (OER) by her Institution, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2014, and this led to massive capacity building and sensitization in this area. Her tenacity at championing OER in NOUN led to the award of excellence in open education to her institution by OEC in 2016. Under the supervision of Commonwealth of Learning and the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria, Jane-Frances was able to draft an OER policy for higher education in Nigeria, and this was presented to the heads of Higher Institutions in Nigeria in September 2017. This Policy was subsequently approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria, with a National Steering Committee put in motion to oversee its implementation, of which Jane-Frances is a member. Jane-Frances strongly advocates the opening-up of knowledge for common good, a humanistic stance that upholds access, equity and equality for all.

OEC to Present President’s Award to Mary Lou Forward at the 2018 Open Education Global Conference

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) is pleased to announce the presentation of the Presidential Award to Mary Lou Forward, previous OEC Executive Director, at the 2018 Open Education Global Conference in Delft, The Netherlands.     The President’s Award is given by the OE Consortium Board of Trustees to an institution or an individual with exceptional […]

OEC Announces New Board Members

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) is pleased to announce the five newly elected and re-elected members of the Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term. The election results are as follows: Votes: 75, Sophie Touzé, France. Votes: 70, Lena Patterson, Canada. Votes: 62, Willem van Valkenburg, The Netherlands. Votes: 62, Jane-Frances Obiageli Agbu, Nigeria. Votes: […]

OEC announces the 2018 winners of Open Education Awards for Excellence STUDENT AWARDS

CONCORD, Mass. – March 26, 2018 – PRLog — The Open Education Consortium is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Open Education Awards for Excellence STUDENT AWARDS. The STUDENT AWARDS is a new category this year that recognizes the outstanding endeavors of a student who has benefited academically from the use of open educational resources (OER). The award […]

OEC announces the 2018 STUDENT Open Education Award Winners

The Open Education Consortium is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Open Education Awards for Excellence STUDENT AWARDS. The STUDENT AWARD is a new category this year that recognizes the outstanding endeavors of a student who has benefited academically from the use of open educational resources (OER). The award is presented to the […]

2018 OE Awards: Honorable Mentions


Drew Rich, Seattle Central College, United States

Rayan Alhumud, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia


Rethink the City: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges
Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands


OERinfo – Information, transfer, and networking for Open Educational Resources
German Institute for International Educational Research
Frankfurt, Germany


Chemistry: Atoms First
University of Connecticut & OpenStax, Rice University
Storrs, CT & Houston, TX
United States


10,000 Washington College Students Have Spoken: Affordable Cost for Course Materials
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Olympia, United States


Learning Circles
Peer 2 Peer University
Chicago, United States


Online Learning Hub: a powerful tool to support development of online learning
Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands


Open Assessment Technologies
Capellen, Luxembourg


Consorcio Madroño: Consorcio de Universidades de la Comunidad de Madrid y de la UNED para la Cooperación Bibliotecaria
Madrid, Spain


Global Open Policy Report 2016
Creative Commons
Toronto, Canada


Rijksmuseum as Open Source for education’
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018 OE Award Winners: Student Award

The Student Award is a new category that honors the outstanding endeavors of a student who has benefited academically from the use of open educational resources (OER). The award is presented to the student whose achievements may inspire others to pursue degree programs that utilize open resources. We are very excited to be able to recognize two students in this category:

Congratulations to the following Student Award winners:

Natalie Miller

College of the Canyons / California Polytechnic State University, United States

Natalie Miller is a former student at College of the Canyons and a current student at California Polytechnic State University, USA. As a student at College of the Canyons, Natalie played an essential role in making the OER program successful.

Natalie created a promotional campaign for College of the Canyons OER initiative to raise awareness of OER for both students and faculty. Her open personality has made her an excellent ambassador for OER. She has spoken at workshops and conferences, and trained faculty and students on OER search and open licensing. Natalie has been primary designer and technical support in creating multiple open textbooks are used by thousands of students. She has made a lasting contribution to OER projects at College of the Canyons by establishing the workflow for creation of open textbooks and by training other students to work on our OER projects. The local impact of Natalie’s contribution is demonstrated in the growth of total OER adoptions at College of the Canyons during her time on our OER team: from 40 courses to 80 courses using OER; from $1.5 million savings for students to $3 million savings for students. Natalie has helped to shape the OER degree initiative in across the state of California. There are 114 California Community Colleges, educating more than 2 million students every year. The OER degree initiative aims to provide every student the opportunity to study while using only OER. Thus, Natalie’s creativity and dedication have helped to establish open education as a legitimate pathway for over 2 million students.

Natalie’s creativity and dedication provide an example of the strong and sustained impact that a student can have on open education. Natalie’s enthusiasm for learning and spirit of collaboration make her an excellent ambassador for the open education movement.


Shifrah Gadamsetti

Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, Canada

Ms. Gadamsetti is an extraordinary young student leader who has both benefited from the use of OER in her undergraduate classes and worked hard to ensure that thousands of other students across the country are able to reap the same benefits. In her role as President of the Mount Royal Student Association, Ms. Gadamsetti has worked tirelessly with her peers to raise awareness of the problem of textbook unaffordability and of the availability of OER by advocating to students, faculty, and administrators and organizing workshops, lectures, and other events. In addition to her efforts to encourage OER adoption at her own campus, Ms. Gadamsetti has been an especially effective advocate on the national stage. As Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and a representative of more than 250,000 students across the country, Ms. Gadamsetti has been instrumental in lobbying the federal government to develop a strategy for OER and to accompany this strategy with support in the form of $8 million to support OER development and distribution. Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Gadamsetti, who stressed the innovative learning benefits associated with OER, in December 2017 the standing committee on finance directly adopted CASA’s recommendation. This represents a hugely important step in the Open Education movement in Canada, which until now has been supported only by individual Provinces.

Ms. Gadamsetti’s nomination is a passionate and articulate young leader who has been able to mobilize support for open education by influencing her peers, educators, and policy makers. As OER advocates from across Canada, we believe that Ms. Gadamsetti has already made extraordinary contributions to advance openness in education and we are delighted to recommend that her work be recognized through the OEC’s student award.

2018 OE Award Winners: Resources, Tools & Practices

Open Resources, Open Tools and Open Practices is a new expanded category in the Open Education Awards for Excellence in 2018; previously classified as “OER & Projects Awards”.   This new category welcomed nominations beyond Open Education including other areas of openness, fostering the close relationship and wide variety of innovative Open initiatives being developed around the world.

2018 Open Education Awards for Excellence winners:

Open Courses (OCW or MOOC)

Hokkaido University OpenCourseWare (HU-OCW)
Hokkaido University / Hokkaido, Japan

Open Textbook

A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students
Rebus Community / Montreal, Quebec, Canada

OER Repository (Collection or Library)

1. SHMS – Saudi OER Network
National Center for e-Learning / Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2. VIDYA-MITRA: An Integrated e-Content Portal
Information and Library Network Centre / Gandhinagar, India

Open Research

Global OER Graduate Network GO-GN
The Open University, UK in collaboration with the world!  / Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Open Innovation

OER World Map
hbz / Cologne, Germany

Free and Open source Software (FOSS) for Education

H5POrg / Tromsø, Norway

Open Data

ROER4D, Research on Open Educational Resources for Development
University of Cape Town / Cape Town, South Africa

Open Pedagogy

1. The OER Passport
Mountain Heights Academy / West Jordan, United States

2. Red EuLES  / EuLES Network
University of Zaragoza / Zaragoza, Spain

Open Policy

Impact for a Better Society
Delft University of Technology / Delft, Netherlands

Open Culture

Europeana Foundation / Den Haag, Netherlands