On Friday, September 16, 2011, Mr. Minh Do, Director of Vietnam OER Program, got the invitation from Ms. Zeynep Varoglu (UNESCO) and Mr. Nick Moe-Pryce (ICDE) to be Member of the Jury for the Open Educational Quality (OPAL) Initiative. The OPAL Initiative aims to promote the production, use and reuse of open educational resources. The OPAL Awards are developed by the Open Educational Quality (OPAL) Initiative (www.oer-quality.org).
The OPAL Awards provide exposure and recognition for successful open educational practices which have resulted in the improvement of quality and innovation. The European Commission is the main funding body for this initiative and partners include UNESCO, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and The Open University UK.
From the left to right: Joel, David, Minh and Arash in the Creative Commons Summit 2008
The jury was composed of four jury members.
The time commitment envisaged for this role was as follows:
|October||Familiarisation with OPAL Initiative and Guide to Open Educational Practices||1 hour
|Mid-October||Telephone briefing session and selection of Chair||30 minutes|
|26 October – 1 November||Assessment and ranking of entries in template provided||2 hours 30 minutes|
|2 – 9 November||Telephone jury meeting to determine winners and highly commended entries||1 hour|
Jury members then were publicly thanked at the Awards ceremony at Online Educa Berlin, Germany in December and through the OPAL website and communications channels including those of partner organisations.
Updated: See summary of the OPAL awards https://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/news/open-educational-practices-recognised-through-opal-awards