Open Education Awards for Excellence

 

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. 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 2019 OE Awards categories.

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

2019 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS IS OPEN!! 

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS

 

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 & Practitioner.

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) PRACTITIONER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Criteria:
– An individual who has demonstrated innovative open educational practices
– An individual who has published and/or use a significant body of OER over a sustained period (at least one year)
– An individual whose open course materials have been recognized as having impact
– An individual with strong influence on 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 and/or someone who played a prominent role in advocating successfully for the promotion and advancement of OER and open education.

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.

RESOURCES, TOOLS & PRACTICES AWARDS

Resources, Tools and Practices awards celebrate outstanding Open Education initiatives. Other areas of Openness are included fostering the close relationship and wide variety of innovative Open initiatives being developed around the world.  These awards recognize contributions in ten categories:

1) OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:

High-quality innovative teaching and learning materials openly available online for everyone to use, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute. These can be presented in the form of:

– Open Course (OCW/MOOC)
– Open textbook
– OER Collection / Library / Repository
– Video / Simulation / Animation
– Audio / Audiobook

2) 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.

3) OPEN INNOVATION

Outstanding innovation that brings a new approach to open education. Ideas or solutions that present innovative applications of OER to create new opportunities or address existing challenges in open education.

4) 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 open education.

5) OER CURATION / LIBRARIANSHIP

An exceptional collection of high-quality OER presented after a curation process. More than merely collecting content on a specific subject, strong curation involves carefully selecting content and evaluating it for a specific purpose. Presenting it in a meaningful and organized way that can then be customized and re-shared for future users.

6) 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.

7) OPEN POLICY

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.

8) 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.

9) 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. This may include public contributions through citizen science.

10) OPEN COLLABORATION

A successful online environment that supports the collective production of open resources through technologically mediated collaborative platforms encouraging new opportunities for people to form ties with others and create things together.  Supporting diversity of goals, backgrounds and cultures.

*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).
  • Selection by OEC Board of Directorsbased on committees’ recommendations.
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 OEAwards2019 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 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 OEAwards2019 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

Nominations are now OPEN!!

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS

TIMELINE

March 18 Call for nominations opens
May 10 Nominations period closes
May 13 – July 12 OE Awards Committee reviewing process
July 15 – Aug 30 Contact and engage with winners
September 4 Winners announced (press release)
November 26-28 Winners presented during OE Global 2019