Dartmouth Engineering Professor Petra Bonfert-Taylor and Rémi Sharrock from l´Institut MinesTélécom have been recognized as finalists in the 2019 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning. Their professional certificate, C Programming with Linux, which launched last summer, is the first cross-institutional collaboration of its kind on edX.org. The series of seven short courses provides novel and interactive tools to help learners develop an extensive foundation in coding using C programming and Linux OS.
"I am honored to be recognized for our collaborative work," says Bonfert-Taylor. "The courses are truly different from any other online courses I am aware of in that they engage the learner almost to the point of an in-person class. I strongly believe in broadening access to high-quality higher level education, and it is my sincere hope that our C-programming MOOCs contribute toward this goal."
The edX Prize celebrates "the contributions and innovations of teachers in the edX community, and amplifies the powerful role that online education at scale plays in the transformation of education today." Courses were evaluated on a number of criteria, including:
- Dedication and commitment to learners
- Clear and consistent communication with students
- Effective and engaging teaching methods and style
- Active learners
- Successful completions
Ten finalists from institutions across the globe represent a diverse range of disciplines and approaches to teaching and learning online. Members of the edX University Advisory Board, Corporate Advisory Board and previous edX Prize winners will evaluate the finalists and select a winner to will be announced in November at the edX Global Forum, hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
"It is with great pleasure that I lend my support for Dartmouth’s nomination for the 2019 edX Prize," says Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning Director Scott Pauls. "The course team has been tireless in building an interactive online learning experience, responding to feedback, and improving the course over time. Learners’ comments have been overwhelmingly positive, with many reporting that it is the best programming course they had ever taken."
Read more about the certificate program, which is offered through edX.org with the support of the Mines-Telecom Foundation, the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation, the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and DartmouthX.