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Minh Do becomes Member of the Jury for the Open Educational Quality (OPAL) Initiative 2011

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 (

Opal Award 2011

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.

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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:

When? What? How long?
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

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