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Why Open Education Matters Video Competition

Grant: Why Open Education Matters Video Competition
Agency: U.S. Department of Education
Deadline: June 5, 2012

Description: The U.S. Department of Education, working in conjunction with Creative Commons and the Open Society Institute, has launched the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. This competition will award cash prizes of up to $25,000 for the best short videos that explain the use and promise of free, high-quality open educational resources and describe the benefits and opportunities these materials create for teachers, students and schools.

Open Education Resources (OERs) are educational resources in both digital and print format that reside in the public domain, which means at no cost to the user. These resources include course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Traditional resources such as textbooks are expensive and quickly outdated leaving teachers with inadequate tools necessary to teach and depriving students from the most up-to-date educational resources. OERs have been established to address this concern. Despite their existence for well over 10 years, unfortunately most educational institutions have yet to take full advantage. This competition is one part of an ongoing campaign to raise public awareness so that more people know about Open Educational Resources and the contribution they can make to improving the quality of teaching and learning while also substantially lowering the costs of a high quality education.

Videos should communicate the benefits and opportunities for OERs to improve educational opportunities and innovation for students, teachers and public institutions. Attention should be made to the best of these new resources available both domestically and throughout the world.

Fit for Public Broadcasting: This competition is an excellent fit for public broadcasters. Stations that have experience in curriculum development and bring quality digital resources to the classroom are encouraged to compete.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all persons ages 13 and older. This includes nonprofit organizations, public or private companies and schools. For companies, organizations and schools submitting an application, an authorized agent of the entity must submit on behalf of the entire entity.

Anticipated Funding: Three cash prizes will be awarded through this competition. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000, second place will receive $5,000 and the Public Choice award winner will receive $1,000.

How to Apply: All videos must be submitted to the Why Open Education Matters competition official website. Guidelines for acceptable videos are found on the official competition site. Be sure to read through these requirements to ensure your application is complete. 

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