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The OEC is honored to present the 2017 winners of OER & Project Awards for Open Education Excellence

February 15, 2017 – The Open Education Consortium announces the 2017 winners of OER & Project Awards for Open Education Excellence.

The Open Education Awards Committee, populated by educators and open education advocates from around the world, reviews and selects winners. Open Educational Resources and Projects are produced in a variety of languages and developed by institutions and organizations committed to increasing access to high quality education for everyone.

The Open Education Consortium is pleased to recognize these institutions and organizations as well as the resources, projects and initiatives they have contributed to free and open education.

Congratulations to the following 2017 Open Education Awards for Excellence WINNERS!



OER Awards is a new expanded category in the Open Education Awards for Excellence this year.  This new category recognizes resources beyond courses and sites fostering the wide variety of innovative OER being developed around the world.  This year’s winners are:

OER Site

Norwegian digital learning arena – a sustainable large-scale model for OER
The Norwegian Digital Learning Arena (NDLA) / Norway

OER Collection

Observatorio de Innovación Educativa – Observatory of Educational Innovation
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey / México


OER101 – Using Open Educational Resources in Teaching

Open Tool

OEL Toolkit
Swinburne University of Technology and University of Tasmania / Australia

Open Book

Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head and neck Operative Surgery
University of Cape Town / South Africa

Open Faculty Development Program

The Agora: An open faculty development program in student centred and mobile learning
Justice Institute of British Columbia and Universidad de Guadalajara / Canada, Mexico

OER Library/Open Network

Curriki / United States



Project 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 are granted in two categories: Creative Innovation & Open Research.


The Creative Innovation award recognizes a new approach to Open Education. Ideas or solutions that present a new way of thinking and substantially improve the discoverability, presentation, usability, accessibility or availability of openness in education.  The award is granted to four wonderful initiatives this year:

Bibliothèques Sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders / France

Alicanto Cloud Social Learning Platform
Boston Children’s Hospital/OPENPediatrics and Beth Israel Deaconess Clinical Informatics / United States

ENGAGE “Equipping the Next Generation for Responsible Research and Innovation”
The Open University / United Kingdom

Open Up Resources Middle School Math
Open Up Resources / United States


Open Research Award 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 OER.  The OEC is honored to grant this distinction to two projects this year:

The Open Education Group
The Open Education Group at Brigham Young University / United States

The Open University / United Kingdom


About the 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.

About the Open Education Consortium

The Open Education Consortium is a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials.
The Open Education Consortium (OEC) is an independent not-for-profit (501.c.3) organization incorporated in 2008 under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States of America.

Activities of the Open Education Consortium are supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, member dues, and contributions from sustaining members including: African Virtual University, Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV Online, Japan OCW Consortium, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Korea OCW Consortium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NetEase Open Courses, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Open University Netherlands, Taiwan Open Course Consortium, Tecnológico de Monterrey, TU Delft, Tufts University, UNIVERSIA, Universidad Politécnica Madrid, University of California, Irvine, University of Michigan.