People's Choice Awards - July 2011

Education Resources People's Choice Awards: Vote Now!

Getting a degree is no easy task. That's why is honoring the Best Education Resources for Students. Learn about the nominees and vote for your favorite! Voting ends October 21st.

Last Chance to Vote for the OCW People's Choice Awards

It's not too late to get your votes in for the OCW People's Choice Awards! The polls close August 15th, which means there's still time to mobilize your fans and pull ahead in the race.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Best Emerging Initiative

In 2011, OpenCourseWare celebrated its tenth anniversary with a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a place many consider to be the birthplace of the OCW movement. OCW has been around a lot longer than many people think, but it's also continually growing, changing and expanding. The Best Emerging Initiative category highlights the most exciting new projects in the world of OCW. Our winner and finalists represent the best of what's next.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Best Instructional Supplement

Not all Open Educational Resources are courses unto themselves. Some are great resources that can help students succeed in traditional classrooms, or just improve a self-learner's independent efforts. All of our nominees can make learning more engaging, accessible and fun. Read on to learn how.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Best Student Participation

One concern that often arises with OpenCourseWare is how to best simulate classroom interaction. Students learning online often don't have the same opportunities to engage with their peers and instructors that students in a traditional classroom do. The nominees in this category are improving the interactive quality of OCW for all learners.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Best User Experience

The category of Best User Experience was a unique one. We actually had one school competing against itself for the prize! A positive user experience is a crucial part of any web initiative, and the nominees in this category have made an extra effort to make sure that their free educational resources are easy to navigate as well as informative.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Best Video Lectures

In an age where YouTube eats up countless time and Netflix provides some of the highest amounts of traffic on the Web, streaming video seems to be where it's at. The nominees in this category all take real advantage of that technology to present users with a truly engaging learning experience.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Most Accessible

Education accessibility is a cause near and dear to's heart. Breaking down barriers to education is what OpenCourseWare is all about, but the nominees in this category are going above and beyond to eliminate barriers based on cost, disability or learning style. We're excited to share the innovative efforts that the nominees in this category have made to increase access to Open Education Resources.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Most Innovative and Avant-Garde

All three nominees in this category are constantly challenging the status quo, whether it's of the traditional college curriculum or the way people get their news. Learn about how our winner and finalists are breaking new ground in this already innovative field of education.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Most Interactive

This category held one of our most contentious races! Everyone here at was very excited to see which of these three amazing initiatives would take the prize of Most Interactive. The closeness of this race shows what a fantastic job each nominee has done to make its Open Education Resources engaging and fun to use.

OCW People's Choice Award Winner: Most Open

Openness is a key part of any OCW - after all, it's in the name. But what providers excel at giving their users a wealth of material to access and lots of different ways to do it? The nominees in this category all understand that to make courseware truly open, variety and depth are key.

OCW People's Choice Award Winners Announced This Week

The votes are in and the winners of the first-ever OCW People's Choice Awards have been chosen! Voting has officially closed, and we will be revealing your top picks over the coming week.

OCW People's Choice Award Winners: Final List

Thanks to everyone who participated in's OCW People's Choice Awards! Our first contest honoring the best of the Open Education Movement was a huge success. Read on to learn the full list of winners and to nominate your favorite education tools for our Education Resource People's Choice Awards.

OCW People's Choice Awards: Best OER (Non-Video)

In this category, 'best' OER might also be taken to mean 'most complete.' Our nominees here all provide thorough OCW offerings in their areas of expertise, be they industrial design, physics or financial planning. Announces First Annual OCW People's Choice Awards is proud to announce the first annual OCW People's Choice Awards in recognition of the innovative achievements being made in the world of open education. Nominate your favorite OCW courses, programs and educators. Now Accepting Nominations for Education Resource People's Choice Award

Is there a tool or resource that you could not survive school without? Do you want to share it with students around the world? Then nominate it for one of's Education Resource People's Choice Awards! We know how difficult getting an education can be and want to showcase all the creative ways that people make earning their degree easier, cheaper and just better overall.

Vote Online for the 2011 OCW People's Choice Awards

Voting has begun for the first-ever OCW People's Choice Awards. Please complete the online ballot to vote for the best initiatives in OpenCourseWare. Winners will be announced August 15. Voting has been extended to August 15!