OpenLearn won the ICT Initiative of the Year Award at the Times Higher Leadership & Management Awards ceremony last night (Thursday, June 17th) in London. OpenLearn, an open educational resource which gives anyone in the world free access to Open University course materials, has had over 12 million visits since it began in 2006.
Chris Cobb, PVC at Roehampton University and a member of the judging panel, said: “The OpenLearn innovation breaks open previous university business models and chimes in an age when everyone expects content for free.
“The boldness of the project is based on having absolute confidence in the quality of the OU experience - over and above that of teaching resources alone.”
Professor Andy Lane, Senior Fellow in SCORE (Support Centre for Open Resources in Education) and former Director of OpenLearn, collected the award at the Grosvenor House Hotel ceremony saying: “This award is further recognition of The Open University's global leadership in open education and open educational resources.
“While the focus tonight may be on OpenLearn, OpenLearn would not have been possible without the decades of innovation within the University that it builds upon, but equally OpenLearn has become an inspiration to the world to innovate further to help meet the future educational needs of as many people as possible."
Other shortlisted institutions were: Canterbury Christ Church University; Edge Hill University; University of Leeds; Northumbria University, and Queen Margaret University.
The award was sponsored by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), a UK HE and FE funded body who excel in providing ICT insight and support in education and research environments.
OpenLearn is also shortlisted for the Nominet Internet Awards, to be announced on 7 July.