Awards for excellence in e-learning

Euro-Inf Quality Label
2012 - Euro-Inf Quality Label

The European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE) awarded the Euro-Inf international accreditation to six core training courses in the UOC's Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications in recognition of the quality of its training and research work. The programmes are the bachelor’s degrees in Multimedia, Computer Engineering, and Telecommunications Technology, and the university master’s degrees in Computer Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, and Multimedia Applications.  

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2011 - Learning Impact Awards (Bronze)

The project "iUOC: Enhanced Mobile Learning at the UOC", which aims to take the Virtual Campus of the UOC to new portable and interactive platforms such as iPad, received the bronze award in the 2011 Learning Impact Awards from the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most powerful and influential uses of technology for the purpose of improving education.

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2010 - IGC award for Digital Innovation

The MyWay project, developed by professionals from the UOC, won the 2006 IGC award for Digital Innovation in the category of projects by universities and institutions, granted by the Internet Global Congress. The IGC awards for Digital Innovation have as their objective the recognition and rewarding of talent and progress of both companies and professionals or university students who present innovative technology-based projects in the field of information and communication technologies, specifically in the digital area.

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2009 - Learning Impact Award for the Best Learning Portal (Leadership)

MyUOC, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya’s (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) Virtual Campus, won the 2009 Learning Impact award for the best educational portal from the IMS Global Consortium. Learning Impact is organised by the IMS Global Consortium, a non-profit association that works to improve learning through the use of technology. Its members, some one hundred organisations from around the world, including the UOC, work in different fields of e-learning. The IMS’s mission is to act as a neutral forum where organisations can work together to promote the use of technology and so enrich learning.

Excellence Prize
2009 - Center of Excellence from the New Media Consortium (NMC)

The UOC received the Center of Excellence Award from the New Media Consortium (NMC),  a consortium of more than 300 learning-focused organisations that promotes the use and development of new learning technologies. The NMC selection committee stated that it wished to recognise “the UOC’s leadership in the fields of learning technology and open educational resources”. 

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2008 - IMS Learning Impact Awards

The UOC's My Way project, which allows for the custom transformation of content into different formats, won a Gold Award at the Learning Impact Awards 2008, organised by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The Learning Impact Awards are in recognition of the learning-support technology with the greatest impact. The judges assess and reward services and products that provide an important technological stimulus to education. 

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2003 - SUN Centre of Excellence

The UOC was named a Centre of Excellence in 2003 as part of the Sun Microsystems Global Education and Research Programme. The UOC was one of five universities to receive the distinction in 2003 in recognition of their leadership in the computing and technical research arenas, and specifically in the creation of technological environments for promoting innovation in e-learning. The UOC was Europe's first Centre of Excellence for E-learning, and one of the first 15 in the world. As a member of this community of experts, the UOC has played a leading role in setting up the Global Education Learning Community's Curriki network, the purpose of which is to promote open access to knowledge and educational resources. Francesc Noguera, the University's Deputy Manager for Information Technologies, is currently a member of the network's advisory board.

2001 - ICDE Prize of Excellence

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), which represents distance education institutions from more than 140 countries around the world, awarded the UOC the ICDE Prize of Excellence 2001 in recognition of its status as the world's leading online and distance university. The ICDE recognised the UOC as "a pioneering initiative in the world of distance education which proposes a new educational model within the framework of university education. It is an initiative for the future, aimed at offering maximum levels of teaching quality by applying innovative educational models and using interactive multimedia technology." The ICDE also stressed "the high level of quality of the educational and research programmes, above all in the field of IT and the knowledge society."

1997 - Bangemann Challenge Award

The EU awarded the UOC the prize for Europe's most advanced distance education remote technology project. The Bangemann Challenge, organised by the city of Stockholm, under the auspices of the European Union, aims to reward Europe's leading ICT projects. The UOC was awarded the prize in the distance education section, in which it was selected from among a total of 15 entrants.