Open Education Awards for Excellence

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. The awards are presented each year at the Open Education Global Conference.

 2017 WINNERS of Open Education Awards for Excellence 


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

Recognizes contributions of individuals who have 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, clear and discrete contributions to the furtherance of the Open Education movement

Recognizes contributions of educators who have published and/or use a significant body of OER over a sustained period.

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


OER Awards is a new expanded category in the Open Education Awards for Excellence this year; previously classified as “Sites & Courses Awards”.   This new category encourages nominations beyond courses and sites fostering the wide variety of innovative OER being developed around the world.  We have preselected a list of different types of OER you may choose from to place your nomination, however if the OER you wish to nominate is not in the list please feel free to use the “other” option and tell us all about it.

Types of OER you may choose from:

– Open Course / OCW / MOOC
– Open Site
– Open Textbook
– Open Media
– OER Collection / Repository / Library
– Open Tool
– Other

Openness: The resource resides in the public domain or has been released under an intellectual property license allowing anyone to freely Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute the educational materials.

Originality: Resource of exemplary quality in its presentation of educational content in breadth, depth and creativity. Design elements assist visitors in understanding concepts and ideas.

Currency: The information is current and up to date.  Clearly indicated by the time and date listed on the web site. 

* Note: Award is independent of and does not judge the quality of the academic materials; it addresses only the presentation of those materials


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.

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.

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

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.

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.


Awards are open to any member of the Open Education community. 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

General Award Process

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 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 OEAwards2017 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.


Call for nominations is now closed.   


Sep 05, 2016 – Call for nominations

Dec 18, 2016 – Nominations period closes (*Nomination form will remain open until Dec 30th, 2016*).

Jan 10, 2017 – OEC Board selects individual winners

Jan 23, 2017 – Individual winners announced (press release)

Feb 10, 2017 – OE Awards for Excellence Committee finalizes winner selection

Feb 15, 2017 – Winners for OER and projects announced (press release)

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

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