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OEG Announces a New Board Member

The Open Education Global is pleased to announce the addition of a new board member, Catherine M. Casserly.  The Board of Directors of the Open Education Global provides strategic direction and fiscal oversight to the organization and is composed of elected representatives from member institutions and organizations. As founder and president of Casserly Consulting & […]

OEC Presented the President’s Award to James Glapa-Grossklag at the 2019 Open Education Global Conference

  The Open Education Consortium (OEC) is pleased to announce the presentation of the Presidential Award to James Glapa-Grossklag, past president and treasurer of the OEC Board of Directors, at the 2019 Open Education Global Conference in Milan, Italy.  The President’s Award is given by the OE Consortium Board of Directors to an institution or […]

Catherine M. Casserly

Casserly Consulting & Coaching
Location: United States
Term: 2019 – 2021

Catherine is founder and president of Casserly Consulting & Coaching. She is an experienced leader and a focused strategist who challenges entrenched thinking and position individuals and organizations for accelerated performance. Her work spans the U.S. and international arenas and involves consulting partnerships and executive coaching with philanthropic, nonprofit, corporate, startup, and learning organizations.

Previously, Catherine was CEO and President of Creative Commons, an Aspen Institute Fellow, Vice President at the Carnegie Foundation, and Vice President at EdCast, a mobile first start-up. She was a founding pioneer of the Open Educational Resources field, developing, managing, and launching the 100 million USD inaugural portfolio for the Hewlett Foundation. Cathy is also a member of the Advisory Council for the National Science Foundation. Early in her career, Catherine taught mathematics in Kingston, Jamaica and tutored in a high security prison. She earned her Ph.D. in the economics of education from Stanford University, B.A. in Mathematics from Boston College, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University, U.K.

Catherine M. Casserly

Coalition Formed to Support Implementation of UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Recommendation

  The UNESCO Recommendation for Future International Collaboration in the field of Open Educational Resources (OER) has been recently adopted by 195 UNESCO member states at the November 2019 session of the UNESCO General Conference. This is a unique and important milestone offering a major opportunity to advance open education around the world.  Recognizing the […]

OEC welcomes two new members

Trinity Valley Community College Welcome to  Trinity Valley Community College!  Trinity Valley Community College, located in Athens, Texas, is a learning-centered college that provides quality academic, workforce, college preparatory, student support, and community service programs that prepare and empower students for success and promote and enhance life-long learning for all communities served.       […]

Welcome to OEC’s newest member!

    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: Grasple, The Netherlands

Grasple is an easy-to-use platform where teachers can find, edit, and share open learning materials. Teachers can share online exercises and lessons with other educators and with students so they can practice at their own time and pace.  The mission of Grasple, a social enterprise from the Netherlands, 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. They achieve this by partnering with universities, such as Delft University of Technology, to release open educational resources. 

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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

⇠ Back to OE AWARDS list

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

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

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.

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