Carmen Sarabia, Professor at the School of Nursing of the University of Cantabria (UC), has been presented the Open Education Educator Award for Excellence by the International Open Education Consortium, that every year recognises one person worldwide for "exceptional dedication to high quality teaching and learning and a commitment to the ideals of Open Education", as explained by the institution in a press release.
This award, selected by the Consortium's Board of Directors, recognises "truly exceptional work in Open Education". "We praise her dedication to openness, access, high quality and innovation shown by her work and vision", they note.
The award will be presented at the Open Education Global Conference that will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 9th March.
CARMEN SARABIA's PROFILE
Carmen Sarabia is a nurse, Doctor of Psychology and professor at the University of Cantabria. She specialises in team work, leadership and control management. She also holds a Master's degree in Nursing Services Management.
"She strongly believes in and is highly committed to open educational resources in the field of Health Sciences and Personal Development. She has published two courses in the OpenCourseWare of the University of Cantabria; she has taught a total of 28 editions of 7 different MOOCs in Miríada X; and she has promoted and raised awareness of the importance of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Spain and Latin America", explains Sergio Martínez, Director of the E-learning Support Unit at the University of Cantabria, pertaining to the Vice-rectorate for Academic Affairs and Teaching Staff.
In 2014, Sarabia won second prize of the Miríada X-SEGIB Latin American Award, for her MOOC "Strengthen your mind".
Her involvement in OER or open educational resources began 2013, when she joined the Miríada X MOOC platform coordinating the following courses: "La Seguridad del Paciente" (Patient Safety) and "Coaching Personal" (Personal Coaching).
"Carmen enthusiastically embraced this opportunity to participate in MOOCs and her first two courses were a success", explains Sergio Martínez. In fact, a total of 4,227 students were enrolled in the "Patient Safety" course, with a completion rate of 66.88%, the highest ever completion rate in Miríada X. 12,617 students were enrolled in the "Personal Coaching" course, with a completion rate of 61.46%.
In 2013, Carmen Sarabia also published two courses in the OpenCourseWare of the University of Cantabria: "Enfermería en el envejecimiento" (Geriatric Nursing) and "Desarrollo de habilidades y competencias a través del coaching" (Development of skills and competences through coaching; and two new MOOCs: "La seguridad del paciente en el domicilio" (Patient safety at home) and "Potencia tu mente" (Strengthen your mind).
In subsequent years, the professor also participated in creating and coordinating the following three MOOCs "El abordaje multidisciplinar de las demencias" (A multidisciplinary approach to dementia) (2015), "Principios de divulgación científica" (Basic principles of scientific Knowledge dissemination) (2016) and "En busca de la felicidad laboral" (The pursuit of professional happiness) (2016), some of which have had up to 6 editions.
In total, more than de 230,000 students have enrolled in her MOOCs.
The MOOC and OCW courses of the UC are developed by the E-learning Support Unit and the New Technology Training Centre, pertaining to the Vice-rectorate for Academic Affairs and Teaching Staff.
OCW courses: http://ocw.unican.es/
MOOC courses: https://miriadax.net/web/universidad-de-cantabria/inicio
Photo: Award winner, Carmen Sarabia, with Sergio Martínez, Director of the E-learning Support Unit at the University of Cantabria.