The Open Consortium has announced the winners of the 2018 Open Education Awards for Excellence, an annual recognition for “contributions in the Open Education Commmunity.” In the latest release, it focuses on the “open resources, tools and practices” categories.
The Open Education Consortium is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Open Education Awards for Excellence OPEN RESOURCES, TOOLS & PRACTICES AWARDS. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone! https://t.co/kloXghGjds pic.twitter.com/YPK1jAzPYV
— OEConsortium (@oeconsortium) March 21, 2018
Perhaps the most noteworthy winner is H5P in “Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Education.” The tier is described by the Consortium as
«Efficient software application proven to be an essential tool for professionals, trainers and teachers for building, and delivering OER.»
After being notified of the award, Joubel, the Norwegian, Tromsø-based team led by Svein-Tore Griff and responsible for the open source technology thanked the community of users, creators, testers, translators, and open educators in general.
H5P wins an Open Education Award for Excellence! Great job by everyone in the H5P Community. All the effort put into translations, design, testing, coding, funding, spreading the word and so much more is being honored and recognized through this award. https://t.co/9eTOQf4XQQ
— H5P (@H5PTechnology) March 21, 2018
For the rest of the categories, Open Educational Resources are definitely a trend the Consortium members are behind. Here is the full list of categories and winners:
- Open Courses (Open Courseware, OCW; Massive Online Open Course, MOOC): Hokkaido University OpenCourseWare (HU-OCW), Japan
- Open Textbook: A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students, Rebus Community, Canada
- OER Repository (Collection or Library): SHMS – Saudi OER Network National Center for e-Learning, Saudi Arabia; VIDYA-MITRA: An Integrated e-Content Portal, Information and Library Network Centre, India
- Open Research: Global OER Graduate Network GO-GN, The Open University, UK
- Open Innovation:hbz, Germany
- Free and Open source Software (FOSS) for Education: H5P, Norway
- Open Data: ROER4D, Research on Open Educational Resources for Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Open Pedagogy: Mountain Heights Academy, USA; Red EuLES, Spain
- Open Policies: Impact for a Better Society, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
- Open Culture: Europeana Foundation
The Open Consortium is a global network of “openness” applied to education, where high-quality education and training is envisioned as a global right. Based in the US, it operates all over the world. It is funded by the Hewlett Foundation and its 20 members are mostly universities from various countries.