COL wins 2015 Open Education Excellence Award


The Open Education Consortium has awarded ICDE member the Commonwealth of Learning and President and CEO, Professor Asha Kanwar, with the Open Education Excellence Award for the open MOOC "Mobiles for Development". The Open University, UK, another ICDE member, was receipient of awards for creative innovation and open research.

The awards are announced each year at the Open Education Global Conference.The Open Education Awards for Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education Consortium community. These awards recognize distinctive open education sites, technological innovations, notable open courses, and exemplary leaders in Open Education worldwide.

"Mobiles for Development" was launched in 2013. Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur (IITK) partnered with COL in designing and operating this MOOC. In COL, a team comprising staff of the Knowledge Management section organized the course."Mobiles for Development"

The MOOC taught learners about important concepts and practices in mobile technologies that are relevant to learning and education, agricultural extension and rural credit and finance. The course saw 2282 registrants from 116 countries. All course materials have been published as Open Educational Resources.

Awards for the Open University, UK

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