MIT Physics Professor Walter Lewin has been selected to receive the inaugural Educator Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE) for his world-renown physics courses available through the MIT OpenCourseWare site. Lewin's courses, including 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism, and 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves, have consistently been among the most visited courses on MIT OpenCourseWare, and have been collectively visited more than 5 million times.
In total, more than 100 lectures from Lewin's courses are available on the web, through MIT OpenCourseWare as well as through iTunes U and YouTube. His videos receive more than one million views a year through these outlets. Fans send Lewin dozens of e-mails daily, all of which he answers himself. Lewin was a pioneer of open education sharing well before OpenCourseWare, with his recorded lectures appearing on Seattle public television starting in 1995.
Honored alongside Lewin by the OCW Consortium are Pedro Aranzadi Elejabeitia and Catherine Casserly. Managing Director at Portal Universia, S.A, Aranzadi is the recipient of the OpenCourseWare Consortium's Leadership ACE for his efforts in organizing Spanish and Latin American OpenCourseWares. Creative Commons CEO, Casserly has been awarded the President's Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence for her work in developing the Open Educational Resources program at the Hewlett Foundation.
The Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding individuals, courseware and OpenCourseWare sites in the OCW Consortium community. The awards are presented each year at the global OpenCourseWare Consortium's annual conference, to be held this year May 4 through May 6 on the MIT campus in Cambridge. Individual award recipients are selected by the Consortium's Board of Directors; site and course awards are selected by an awards committee populated from the Consortium membership.
"We're thrilled to recognize these outstanding contributions," said OCW Consortium Executive Director Mary Lou Forward. "Each of these individuals embodies the commitment to open sharing that has allowed this movement to grow so dramatically."
The OpenCourseWare Consortium Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence are sponsored by KNEXT, a learning assessment and advisory service. KNEXT is owned and operated by Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, a division of Kaplan, Inc., a world leader in education and training services.