Open Education Awards for Excellence

 

Call for nominations is now OPEN!

SUBMIT NOMINATION

 

The Open Education Awards for Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education community. Award categories are reviewed each year to make sure they are current, relevant and reflect the emerging innovations in the Open Education movement. This year’s new categories include other areas of openness that clearly impact and support the Open Education movement through their own Open practices.  Together we stand for a world of openness where knowledge is openly and freely accessible. The Open Education Consortium celebrates and acknowledges these alliances and collaborations through the new 2018 OE Awards categories.

The awards are presented each year at the Open Education Global Conference. One award is granted in each category.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Individual awards are special merit awards presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advance openness in education. These awards recognize career achievements in two categories, Leadership & Educator.

1) LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Criteria:
– An individual who has demonstrated significant leadership in the Open Education community
– An individual with a longstanding involvement with Open Education
– An individual whose contributions to Open Education have spanned regions or had global impact
– An individual who has made significant and clear contributions to the furtherance of the Open Education movement

2) EDUCATOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Criteria:
– An individual who have published and/or use a significant body of OER over a sustained period (at least one year)
– An individual who has demonstrated innovative open educational practices
– An individual whose open course materials have been recognized as having impact
– An individual whose course material contributions are important in influencing peers to share materials more openly

STUDENT AWARD

This award 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.

Criteria:
– A student who has used and/or created OER over a sustained period 
– A student who has demonstrated innovative ways of incorporating OER in his/her studies
– A student who has influenced peers to share materials more openly through their own open practices

– Student must submit a 3-5 minute video describing in what context (degree, certificate, course) the open educational resources are being used and how it benefited their educational goal.
– Nomination must include a letter of support from someone that can attest to the use of OER such as a faculty member or an academic advisor. Family members may not submit a letter of support.

OPEN RESOURCES, TOOLS & PRACTICES AWARDS

Open Resources, Open Tools and Open Practices is a new expanded category in the Open Education Awards for Excellence this year; previously classified as “OER & Projects Awards”.   This new category encourages 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.  These awards recognize contributions in twelve categories:

1)  OPEN COURSE (OCW OR MOOC)

A course -OCW or MOOC- of exemplary quality in its presentation of educational content; in breadth, depth and creativity.

2) OPEN TEXTBOOK

An openly licensed textbook of exemplary quality in its presentation of educational content; in breadth, depth and creativity.

3) OER REPOSITORY (COLLECTION OR LIBRARY)

An exceptional collection of high quality OER.  A place to find curated OER exhibited in an organized manner with integrated searchable features.

4) OPEN RESEARCH

A research study or initiative about open education and/or related areas. A study or initiative that helps advance our understanding and demonstrate effectiveness related to challenges in discoverability, presentation, usability, accessibility or availability of OER.

5) OPEN INNOVATION

Outstanding innovation that brings a new approach to Open Education. Ideas or solutions that substantially improve the discoverability, presentation, usability, accessibility or availability of OER.

6) FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE (FOSS) FOR EDUCATION

Efficient software application proven to be an essential tool for professionals, trainers and teachers for building, and delivering OER.

7) OPEN DATA

Excellence in an open data initiative. A project demonstrating best practices in making data openly available, accessible and reusable for the public.

8) OPEN ACCESS

Excellence in online research outputs that are dynamic, openly accessible and free of all restrictions to use and reuse the content.  This category also includes initiatives that actively advance Open Access agenda.

9) OPEN PEDAGOGY

An innovative open teaching practice that incorporates openness in several levels of the learning processes.  Engaging not only in the production, use and reuse of content but also promoting effective teaching open practices.

10) OPEN POLICIES

Creation, adoption and implementation of an open policy, legislation or mandate.  A policy with clear impact of public investment in the development of open knowledge through the efficient use and reuse of resources for the public good.

11) OPEN CULTURE

An exemplary initiative promoting free and open access to cultural heritage collections.  A project showcasing humanity’s patrimony freely, openly and without any restrictions.

12) OPEN SCIENCE

Excellence in an open science initiative.  A practice in which others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely and openly available.

*If you know of an interesting open project, initiative or idea that doesn’t fit our award criteria or if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at feedback@oeconsortium.org

GENERAL AWARD PROCESS

ELIGIBILITY
  • Award nominations are open to any member of the Open community.
  • Staff, officers and current board members of the Open Education Consortium are not eligible for individual awards.
NOMINATIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
  • Anyone may propose a nomination for Individual award categories, but individuals may not self-nominate.
  • Individual award nominations are made in writing via online application (found below).
  • The OE Consortium Board of Directors votes on individual awards at its January meeting.
NOMINATIONS FOR STUDENT AWARD
  • Nominations are accepted from the community in general.
  • Students may self-nominate.
  • Nominations are made in writing via online application (found below).
  • Submission must include a video highlighting the experience with the use of OER.  Videos should be posted to YouTube and tagged OEAwards2018 in the video’s title.
  • Submission must include a letter of support from someone that can attest to the use of OER such as a faculty member or an academic advisor. Family members may not submit a letter of support.
  • The Awards for Excellence Committee, comprised of individuals from OEC members, will review and select finalists.
NOMINATIONS FOR OPEN RESOURCES / TOOLS / PRACTICES
  • Nominations are accepted from the community in general.
  • Institutions and organizations may self-nominate.
  • Nominations are made in writing via online application (found below).
  • Submissions can be by URL alone, but a description or videos/screen captures highlighting the nominated material’s features are encouraged.
  • Videos should be posted to YouTube and tagged OEAwards2018 in the video’s title.
  • The Awards for Excellence Committee, comprised of individuals from OEC members, will review and select finalists from each category.

NOMINATIONS

Call for nominations is now OPEN!

SUBMIT NOMINATION

 

TIMELINE

Sep 04, 2017 – Award Categories posted

Oct 02, 2017 – Call for nominations opens

Jan 15, 2018 – Nominations period closes

Jan 23, 2018 – OEC Board selects individual winners

Feb 07, 2018 – Individual winners announced (press release)

Mar 02, 2018 – OE Awards for Excellence Committee finalizes winner selection

Mar 21, 2018 – Winners for Resources, Tools & Practices announced (press release)

April 24-26, 2018 – Awards ceremony during Open Education Global Conference