Communications & Media

International recognition for TILT team

The work of the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) has been recognised internationally, with an Award for Open Education Excellence.

The award  from the Open Education Consortium (OEC) was for the development of the TILT team' s Open Education Licensing Toolkit (OEL Toolkit).

The OEC is a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organisations that support an approach to education based on openness.

The Open Education Awards for Excellence recognise outstanding contributions in the Open Education community for distinctive Open Educational Resources (OER), open projects and open initiatives worldwide.

The awards were presented recently at a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa.

The TILT project team, consisting of Luke Padgett, Beale van der Veer, Tony Carew and Carina Bossu, in partnership with Swinburne University, participated in a two-year Open Education Licensing (OEL) Project funded by the Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching.

In 2015, the project team surveyed and collected information from managers, educators and information professionals in Australian universities about their understanding and experiences with licensing issues for open online education.

Using that information, in 2016 the TILT project team conceptualised, designed and developed the OEL Toolkit to support the use and development of OER in the Australian higher education sector.

The Toolkit is a database-driven web application that reproduces an interview between a copyright expert and someone seeking copyright and licensing guidance.

Versions of the product were tested on users from a number of Australian universities.

University of Tasmania Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education) Professor David Sadler congratulated the TILT team on the award.

“This extends TILT’s  recognition as leaders in Open Education Practices in Australia to the international stage,” he said.

The OEC awarded the project team the category of Open Tool for developing a resource that fosters ‘the wide variety of innovative OER being developed around the world.’

Universities and institutions from ten countries received awards this year, including the USA, Canada, the UK, France and Norway.

Published on: 17 Mar 2017 3:55pm