Every year the Open Education Awards for Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions in the Open Education community, recognizing exemplary individuals, distinctive Open Educational Resources, and innovative Open Practices from around the world.
To widen the scope of recognition, in 2023 we are first announcing this OEAwards shortlist offinalists that celebrates 14 individuals and 34 open education initiatives and practices across the 16 awards categories.
As the coordinator of OpenOKState, Kathy works with the Library to support collaboration and innovation among faculty, instructors, administrators, and students working to increase access to meaningful research, teaching and learning resources and experiences.
Jonathan Poritz has been lighting the spark of open education throughout his career, a tenured professor, OE coordinator, facilitator of the Creative Commons Certificate, and now as an independent consultant in the Open Movement.
As Director of Learning and Training at Creative Commons, Jennryn supports the ideals of the Open Education movement through her own practices and creates engagement in openness with a global community.
James is a leading Irish scholar and practitioner in the area of Open Education Practice. He uses Open Educational Practices (OEP) in his teaching and research practice and is an advocate in his programme, institution, nationally and internationally.
LibreTexts is nominating a team of three undergraduates who as successive generations of student developers on the project were critical in creating the award winning technology that makes LibreTexts work.
At only 21 Yasser Tammer is a strong disability advocate and researcher with a deep interest in exploring the interplay between disability and accessibility. He participates in Twitter conversations related to disability in a way that “calls people in not calling them out.”
An independent scholar focused on critical and social justice approaches to open, digital, and higher education. Catherine has played a significant role at the intersection of online learning and open education researching and providing guidelines on policy and practice, but perhaps most importantly on the conceptual understandings of what open education is.
Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, United States
Lisa Petrides’ connection of knowledge management to education is a singular act of human genius– to envision a new academic discipline that also overlaps with a related set of public policies, none of which existed at the time she created ISKME.
Martin’s leadership and championing of open education is second to none in terms of influence at The Open University. His thoughtful and pragmatic approach has directly influenced practice in hundreds of institutions that take inspiration from The Open University.
The Mada ICT-AID open competency framework and OER Hub expands capabilities in the realm of digital accessibility toward empowering students with disabilities and fostering open and inclusive digital education.
CEDEC promotes actions and strategies to further develop the design, use, adaptation and general uptake of open educational resources through the EDIA Project, including the creation and testing of OER and related tools, professional training about OER, active education methodologies and free software.
Publisher Pratham Books offers through Storyweaver a digital repository of thousands of multilingual story books addressing the needs of disadvantaged children globally, especially where gaps in local language reading resources is a significant barrier to literacy.
The comvOERter assists teachers by simplifying the OER creation process. The tool supports common presentation and document formats as input, detects embedded images that can be replaced with openly licensed images, and automatically sets the correct license.
The successor to the original Creative Commons Search, Openverse currently indexes over 700 million CC licensed image and media items. It aggregates results from multiple public repositories into a single catalog, and facilitates reuse through features like machine-generated tags and one-click attribution.
Using Pressbooks, Kuang-Chih Hsu, built an Open Textbook for “Self-Healing of a Teenager: a Picture Book Adapted from Ghost Slayer by Gan Yaoming.” This book remixed content from open resources to bring to life Chang Wan-Ju’s unpublished picture book.
Created by a K-16 team, Français Inclusif provides a complete curriculum for first-year and second-year French. The team not only revised and remixed existing OER text, but also created significant ancillary materials including assessments, task-based activities, cultural reflections, slide decks, and embedded authentic materials.
This comprehensive multimedia Humanities textbook published openly in the Manifold platform provides the key support for the College Now program where high school students earn both college credit who lack access to necessary course resources.
LIDA103fr is the French adaptation of the OERu’s open course “Open Education, Copyright, and Open Licensing in a Digital World” created to support capacity development in OER for Francophone countries. The adaption included both translation and cultural validation and is currently being adapted at Université Cheikh Hamidou Kane (Senegal).
Brian Barrick and student Sarah Arya collaboratively recorded an audio version of OpenStax American Government 3e making it more accessible for commuters, visually impaired, and English Language learners. The site includes additional instructor resources.
Researchers share here STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) and SHAPE (Social sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy/Environment), resources that help them communicate their research in an accessible and engaging way to a global audience of teenagers.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)
Multiple Organizations, Canada
Designed to address accessibility requirements, this guide was created to also inspire people to go beyond the minimum and consider Universal Design for Learning in making higher education more accessible and inclusive. It also includes a consideration of UDL through the lens of Indigenous peoples and pedagogies.
Exercise and Physical Activity in Indigenous Health
Multiple Organizations, Canada
Exercise and Physical Activity in Indigenous Health helps learners to develop a cultural awareness of Indigenous health and has served as an example of a decolonializing pedagogical approaches to both collaboration and learning.
The STEAM OER LATAM community aims to promote, strengthen and disseminate STEAM education through STEAM territories, the movement of open educational resources and open educational practices in Latin America.
RLOE supported over 100 participants to design and begin to implement open education strategic plans at their institutions that included initiatives in professional development, forming partnerships, integrating DEI principles and more.
Buds, Branches and Bark: A Guide to Winter Identification in the Pacific Northwest
British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada
Professor Julia Alards-Tomalin lead a project that involved over 200 BCIT students across 3 schools who contributed to the development this engaging openly licensed guide to plant and wildlife identification.
This program was developed to respond to growing awareness of structural racism in higher education and centered on the application of open pedagogy and OER as tools to help faculty change their way of teaching.
Northern Virginia Community College, United States
This professional development program advances the intersection of Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Pedagogy (OP), and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) to support faculty in becoming more culturally responsive and inclusive of the learning.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, United States
Through student-led policy establishment, data-driven consensus building, effective implementation, and evaluation, these policies demonstrate a comprehensive and strategic approach to improving equitable access, affordability, and educational quality for students.
An open virtual laboratory using advanced technologies to help educators develop integrative thinking and scale up research competences, academic literacy and reasoning for complexity, through channels of openness in research and dissemination processes.
Special Issue of the Journal for Multicultural Education
Lehman College, United States
The special issue focuses on pedagogical considerations and practical applications of equitable OEP, specifically on the practical elements and research on implementing OEP for social justice and equity.
A People’s History of Structural Racism in Academia: From A(dministration of Justice) to Z(oology)
College of Marin, United States
A structural racism guidebook that informs readers about how structural racism played a role in 43 higher education discipline areas to help instructors incorporating this untold history into their teaching practices.
Enhancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) in Open Educational Resources (OER)
University of Southern Queensland, Australia
A framework and practical suggestions for enhancing inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) in OER, developed for authors and librarians to apply practical strategies for producing diverse, inclusive and accessible OER and open textbooks.
GO-GN EDI Guidelines: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Open Education with a focus on Africa and Latin America
GO-GN, United Kingdom
A research effort to explore EDI in Open Education (OE) in regions that are often marginalized from the main discourse. While there are developments in OE in Africa and Latin America, it is a region where voices are still not fully heard or recognized.
Developed with the Indigenous Peoples Education Circle, representing Indigenous education at all 24 colleges in Ontario. The Maamwi Hub is Ontario’s access point for open, credible educational resources on Indigenous history, culture, knowledge and current worldviews.
The hub was created to develop students’ digital competencies and create inclusive and equitable opportunities to succeed in the transition from print-based teaching materials, face-to-face tutorial support, and venue-based examinations to a fully technology-mediated learning experience.
OpenLearn has both translated into Ukrainian their key learning materials and developed new courses and resources aimed at serving the refugee population in the UK and the people accessing content remotely from Ukraine. OpenLearn has supported more than 5,000 people with these translated resources, and they have been well received by those supporting Ukrainian refugees.
“Is this an OER?” Addressing the Complex Relationship between Open and Affordable Course Materials
University of Wyoming, United States
A valuable guide on what is and is not open educational resources and most importantly, why this distinction matters. With four informative sections, as well as additional handouts and resources, the creators provide a “one-stop shop” for boosting knowledge and confidence in this topic, from learning how to identify an open educational resource to advocating for OER initiatives at your own campus.
Conducted each year during Open Education Week, ‘We Like Sharing’ fosters this feeling through a photo bank of highly recyclable, multiple-use images created by TU Delft staff, students, alumni, their friends and families aligning with a yearly theme. All these images are openly licensed and available for reuse.