Win your prize! OpenCourseWare Competition #OECWC2018


By organising this OpenCourseWare (OCW) Competition, the SlideWiki Consortium invites participants to create and import high-quality educational content in the SlideWiki platform. This educational content will have the form of slide presentations and will be directly related to secondary education, vocational and professional training, higher education and/or community-driven open-education with contributions from academics, teachers and learners with disabilities. Participants should create reusable, repurposable, and multilingual material in a crowdsourcing way.

Added value for participants

  • Win a prize!
  • Positive press: Winners will be featured on the SlideWiki website and Social Media
  • Network with the OCW and software development community
  • Enhance your CV and business portfolio
  • Use, test and contribute to innovative technologies
  • Experience collaboration in a content platform
  • Increase the visibility of your educational content
  • Promote your contribution in the educational community
  • Most importantly: Have fun!


The five participant teams that will receive the highest grading by the reviewers in each one of the following categories and will meet the standard requirements in terms of content quality and slides’ number, set by the reviewers, will receive the prize money of 500 Euros each. Since the focus will be on quality and quantity, teams that will create high quality content and many slides, i.e. >200, impressing thus the reviewers, will be awarded the double prize, i.e. 1000 Euros each.

20 prizes in total: 5 prizes to be awarded for each one of the following categories:

  1. secondary education,
  2. vocational and professional training,
  3. higher education,
  4. community-driven open-education.

The winning learning materials will be added to the list of featured educational contents and the authors will be able to continue with their further development.

Competition process and Requirements

Participating authors, or groups of authors, will produce content in SlideWiki, fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Content and style already available in SlideWiki can be reused.
  • Content and styles produced by other participants of the competition should not be reused.  
  • Focus on one specific topic as much as possible.
  • Produced content should be either original or derived from open-licensed sources (e.g. by agreement of the original author).
  • Include at least 60 slides.
  • Participants should use the tag OECWC2018 in their slides and clearly indicate the targeted category by using the following tags in this exact format: SecondaryEducation, VocationalProfessionalTraining, HigherEducation, or CommunityEducation. This will ensure that the reviewers will be able to access and evaluate the provided input.

Important dates for Participants (2018):

  • Deadline for creating learning materials: October, 1
  • Final decision made by the Evaluation Committee and Prize money awarded: November, 1

The prize money will be transferred to the bank account of the team leader of each winning team.

Evaluation Criteria

The SlideWiki Consortium will choose the best learning materials’ samples from the competition entries based on the following criteria:

  • Structuring of the course (depth of the structuring, relative self-sufficiency of the subdecks etc.)
  • Quality of the slides (e.g. content, images, videos, styling)
  • Quality of self-assessment questions (number, diversity in difficulty level)
  • Multilinguality (the number of languages the learning content is available in, the quality of translation). Please, notice, that for the learning material to be considered as multilingual, you must use the in-built translation tool which allows further synchronisation of original and translated versions.
  • Support for users with disabilities (for example, when your images contain alt-tags and part of you content follows the ‘Easy-To-Read’ methodology)

Protection of Personal Data and Requirements

By participating in this competition, all participants explicitly confirm that the data used are publicly available and re-license-able under CC-BY-SA. If the data used are not publicly available, relevant authorizations must be provided. The SlideWiki Consortium will not collect personal data and will not be held responsible for participants that will not comply with these terms. At no stage of the research and development cycle of do we plan to store any personal information. Participants of this competition are responsible for managing their own resources. Participants who will not respect and fully comply with the terms of this competition will be disqualified.

Contact person

For more information about the competition and SlideWiki, please email Ms. Alexandra Garatzogianni, at .

SlideWiki project description and objectives

SlideWiki (EU Project – EU ICT-20-2015, Horizon 2020 Project under Grant Agreement No 688095) is an open courseware tool that aims to exploit the wisdom, creativity and productivity of the crowd for the creation of qualitative, rich, engaging educational content. With SlideWiki, users can create and collaborate on slides, diagrams, assessments and arrange this content in richly-structured course presentations. The SlideWiki EU project started in 2016 with 17 partners from Europe and Brazil using the award-winning open-source SlideWiki platform as a basis, aiming to create a large scale accessible learning and teaching platform using educational technology, skill recognition and global collaboration. Due to the fact that the creation of comprehensive OpenCourseWare (OCW) is tedious, time-consuming and expensive, the courseware employed by teachers, instructors and professors is incomplete, outdated, inaccessible to those with disabilities and dull. With the open-source SlideWiki platform, the effort of the creation, translation and evolution of highly-structured remixable OCW can be crowdsourced. Similarly to Wikipedia for encyclopaedic content, SlideWiki allows to collaboratively create comprehensive OCW (curricula, slide presentations, self-assessment tests, illustrations etc.) online with the objective to semi-automatically translate this content in more than 50 different languages, to improve the translations in a collaborative manner and to support engagement and social networking of educators and learners around that content.


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