Today, the winners of the “Why Open Education Matters” video competition were announced on the competition website. This competition, sponsored by Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and Open Society Foundation, called for the submission of creative videos that illustrated the use and potential of Open Educational Resources, or OER. OER are digital teaching, learning, and research resources that are made free and available through open licenses, which include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and other tools. These resources can come from many places, including universities such as MIT and Yale, community colleges, or from educational companies like Khan Academy.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the competition with a video back in March in an effort to raise awareness of OER among educators and students. In this video, Duncan cites the impact OER can have on American students: ”What does this mean for America?” he asks. “It means in the future, what a student gets to learn will no longer necessarily depend on zip code or where he or she goes to school. Instead, OER can help us bring the best K-12 teachers and college professors and the most cutting edge courses and teaching methods within the reach of every single motivated student.”:
Without further ado, here are the video competition winners!
First place: Blinktower, a creative agency based in Cape Town, South Africa, created this animated video:
Second place: Laura Rachfalski, a Philidelphia-based artist, and her team filmed this video comprised of teacher and student interviews:
Third place: Nadia Paola Mireles Torres and her collaborators from the firm Funktionell also created an animated video, complete with subtitles in Spanish:
All other submitted videos can be viewed on the competition website.