Open Education Awards for Excellence

The Open Education Awards for Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education Consortium community. These awards recognize distinctive open education sites, technological innovations, notable open courses, and exemplary leaders in Open Education worldwide. The awards are presented each year at the Open Education Global Conference.

 2016 Open Education Awards for Excellence WINNERS!

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Individual awards recognize career achievements in two categories, Leadership & Educator. One award will be granted in each category.

1) LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Recognizes contributions of individuals who have demonstrated significant leadership in the Open Education community.

Criteria:
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, clear and discrete contributions to the furtherance of the Open Education movement

2) EDUCATOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Recognizes contributions of educators who have published and/or use a significant body of OER over a sustained period.

Criteria:
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

SITE & COURSE AWARDS

Site and course awards recognize outstanding contributions in three categories: 1) sites, 2) courses and 3) MOOCs. Three awards will be granted in each category.

1) OUTSTANDING SITE
Recognize excellence in an Open Education site. A site of exemplary quality in its presentation of educational content (in breadth, depth, creativity)

Criteria:
This award is independent of and does not judge the quality of the academic materials; it addresses only the presentation of those materials
The site has not received an ACE Award previously

2) OUTSTANDING COURSE
Recognize excellence in the presentation of a course. A course of exemplary quality in its presentation of educational content (in breadth, depth and creativity)

Criteria:
This award is independent of and does not judge the quality of the academic materials; it addresses only the presentation of those materials
The course has not received an ACE Award previously

3) OPEN MOOC
Recognizes excellence in an openly licensed MOOC.  A MOOC of exemplary quality in its presentation of educational content (in breadth, depth and creativity)

Criteria:
Must present proper use of open licensing
This award is independent of and does not judge the quality of the academic materials; it addresses only the presentation of those materials

PROJECT AWARDS

Projects awards recognize the efforts that support the production, use and/or promotion of Open Education in ways other than the creation and use of material resources. Awards will be granted in two categories: Innovation & Research. Two awards will be granted in each category.

1) CREATIVE INNOVATION
Recognizes outstanding innovations that bring a new approach to Open Education. Ideas or solutions presented as sites, courses or projects that substantially improve the discoverability, presentation, usability, accessibility or availability of course materials.

Criteria:
An innovation that impacts a broad audience
An innovation that can be leveraged by the broader community
The site, course or project has not received an ACE/OE Award previously
Two awards will be granted

2) OPEN RESEARCH
Recognizes excellence in research studies about open education and/or related areas. Studies that help advance our understanding and demonstrate effectiveness related to challenges in discoverability, presentation, usability, accessibility or availability of OER.

Criteria:
Quality and consistency of work over time
Sustained level of excellence in a single focused area
Demonstrated research independence
Engages in efforts to communicate and disseminate their research results widely through traditional academic mechanisms, and where applicable, through non-traditional means such as mass media, curatorial and exhibition activities, Internet venues, or other media.

Eligibility

Individual awards are open to any member of the Open Education community. Sites, courses and projects awards are open to OE Consortium members institutions and organizations. Staff, officers and current board members of the Consortium are not eligible for individual awards.

*If you know of an interesting open project or idea that doesn’t fit our award criteria please contact us at feedback@oeconsortium.org

General Award Process

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 web form (found below).
The Consortium board votes on individual awards at its January meeting.

FOR SITES, COURSES & PROJECTS AWARDS:
Nominations are accepted from the community in general; institutions and organizations may self-nominate.
Nominations are made in writing via web form (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 OEAwards2016 in the video’s title.
The Awards for Excellence committee, comprised of individuals from OE Consortium members, will review and select finalists from each category.

Nominations

2017 Open Education Awards for Excellence call for nominations open  September 05, 2016.   
*Link to online application will be posted here.  

Timeline

Sep 05, 2016 – Call for nominations

Dec 18, 2016 – Nominations period closes

Jan 10, 2017 – OEC Board selects individual winners

Jan 16, 2017 – Individual winners announced (press release)

Feb 03, 2017 – OE Awards for Excellence Committee finalizes winner selection

Feb 13, 2017 – Winners for sites, courses and projects announced (press release)

March 8-10, 2017 – Awards ceremony during Open Education Global Conference

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at feedback@oeconsortium.org