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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 Development

Institution: PhDOOC Association, FRANCE

“PhD and Career Development” is a unique MOOC conceived for PhD  candidates and PhD graduates from all disciplines. It is designed and run by PhDOOC, a French association of PhD candidates and graduates The training is 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.  


2- Open Course: Zero Textbook Cost Pathways: OER & Equity,

An Open Course Linking Equity, OER, Zero Textbook Cost Degrees, and Guided Pathways.

Institution: Cabrillo College and College of the Canyons, UNITED STATES

This course explores the fundamental connections between Equity, Open Educational Resources (OER), Guided Pathways, and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs. Participants will employ an equity cognitive frame to examine the impact of textbook costs on student success, and the disproportionate impact on historically underserved students. They will also dig into the growing research on OER efficacy, consider the “what” and “why” of Guided Pathways, and review case studies on successful ZTC pathways, across the state and beyond. Participants will leave this course understanding how OER and ZTC pathways promote student success and reduce equity gaps.

The course was created as part of the California Community Colleges’ Zero Textbook Cost Degree program. We are pleased to share the course as an openly licensed resource, and would be interested in opportunities to offer the course in a facilitated version.


3- OER offline: Offline Teacher Training MOOC

Institution: World Possible Guatemala, Guatemala

This Massive Open Offline Course (MOOC) for teachers was designed to help them integrate technology into their classroom teaching, while also, through the different proposed teaching methods, helps 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.


4- Open Textbook: Blueprint for Success in College and Career

Institution: Grossmont College, UNITED STATES

A free, Open Educational Resource, Blueprint for Success in College and Career is 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. 


5- OER Collection: Grasple, A user-friendly practice platform to collaboratively create, edit and share OER for Math and Statistics.

Institution: TU Delft, THE NETHERLANDS

Grasple, a social enterprise from the Netherlands, is an easy-to-use platform where teachers can find, edit, and share open learning materials. They can share them with other educators and with students so they can practice at their own time and pace. The mission 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. 


6- OER Repository: OCW Universidad de Cantabria

Institution: Universidad de Cantabria, SPAIN 

OCW Universidad de Cantabria (OCW UC) has been creating OpenCourseWare since 2009, expanding and improving their list of resources every year. OCW UC is the most visited repository in Spain and one of the most relevant resources in Latin America. Moreover, 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 teacher’s knowledge on open education methodologies, and improve their ability to create high quality teaching materials and activities. This repository is constantly updated to include the latest developments in each one of its categories: 1) Applications and services; 2) Online courses; 3) Educational conferences and events; 4) Open educational resources; 5) Training in online teaching; 6) Repositories.


7- OER Translations: Asuka Academy, Translation of World OER Contents and Distribution

Institution: Asuka Academy, JAPAN

The OER Translation as a semi-formal educational program in High school in Japan. The mission is to provide Japanese learners with learning opportunities by using quality OER from the world through translation.  Translation is performed by almost 1,500 volunteers. To date, 93 courses have been translated with enrollments totaling 26,913. 


8- OER Curation: OASIS, Openly Available Sources Integrated Search

Institution: SUNY Geneseo, UNITED STATES

OASIS 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. Searchable material types include textbooks, courses, course materials, interactive simulations, public domain books, audiobooks, modules, open access books, videos, podcasts, and learning objects. OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library by Bill Jones (Digital Resources and Systems Librarian) and Ben Rawlins (Library Director) in consultation with Alexis Clifton (Director of Open Teaching and Learning) and Allison Brown (Digital Publishing Services Manager).  Currently, more than 470 institutions from eight different countries are linking to OASIS from their institutions websites.


9- Open Pedagogy: The Open Faculty Patchbook

Institution: Fleming College & eCampusOntario, CANADA

Terry Greene

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. The success of the project has lead to a follow up/companion piece known as The Open Learner Patchbook, which collects similar stories from a student perspective. The stories will continue to be collected for as long as they keep coming in!


10- 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. 


11- 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.


12- Open Policy: Open Education Initiative 

Institutions: UNESCO Chair in Distance Education and Educadigital Institute, BRAZIL

The Open Education Initiative is a partnership between the UNESCO Chair in Distance Education and Educadigital Institute. 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.  

Three recent highlights include an open course on OE/OER for over 300 higher education personnel, an OER Guidebook for policy makers and the “Open Education Policy Game”, a board game that support public and private institutions in the process of building and implementing open education policies based on an integrated vision of pedagogical, technical and legal challenges.


13- Open Collaboration: CLIx, Connected Learning Initiative

Institution: Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, INDIA

The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) is 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. CLIx offers OERs for student learning with opportunities to construct knowledge through hands-on and active learning, and enhances STEM and English teaching through professional development for teachers through strong local partnerships.   CLIx was seeded by the TATA TRUSTS and is led by TISS and MIT with several collaborators and partners.


14- Open Simulation: PhET Interactive Simulations  

Institution: University of Colorado Boulder, UNITED STATES

The PhET Interactive Simulations team has created a collection of 150+ open educational simulations for teaching science and math, from elementary school through university. 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. 

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations team has been a leading innovator in educational simulations. Going beyond traditional educational resources and based on extensive education research, PhET simulations offer an intuitive, game-like environment where students can learn through exploration, where dynamic visual representations make the invisible visible, and where science and math ideas are connected to the real-world. 

The team has partnered with a diverse and growing number of open education projects to increase access, including Openstax, the NROC project, Learning Equality, Gooru, and OER commons, among others. In addition, the projects’ community of educators and translators have created and shared nearly 2,000 sim-based lessons and 9,313 simulation translations for use by teachers and students globally. The PhET team’s commitment to increasing access and inclusion in STEM learning continues with its pioneering work to make simulations accessible for students with disabilities and learning differences. 

The PhET project has been supported over the years by the University of Colorado, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google.org, the O’Donnell Foundation, King Saud University, and the Kavli Foundation, as well as by gifts from individual and corporate donors. 


15- Open App: VR classroom

Institution: The Open University, UNITED KINGDOM – Rumpus Centre

VR classroom is 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. 


16- Open Science: Qeios

Institution: Qeios Ltd, UNITED KINGDOM

Qeios is 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. 


17- Open Geography: Open Geography Education

Institution: Salt Lake Community College, UNITED STATES

The Open Geography Education website is 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.