We are pleased to announce that TU Delft Professors Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Eric van den Ham, and Researcher Tess Blom have been named the winners of the 2020 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning! The winners created and teach the course Zero-Energy Design: an approach to make your building sustainable, which has been running on edX since 2019 and has over 18,000 enrollments to date. This is the second time that TU Delft has been awarded the edX Prize; Professor Arno Smets took home the inaugural prize in 2016.
The edX Prize is an annual award that celebrates the contributions and innovations of educators in the edX community, and amplifies the powerful role that online learning plays in the transformation of education today. It is especially important in this year, when the entire world pivoted to online education due to COVID-19, to celebrate excellence in online teaching.
The edX Prize recognizes teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to the open and online education community and who have taught courses and programs that continue to inspire and engage edX learners everywhere. The Zero-Energy Design course took an innovative and personalized approach to teaching an important topic, and the digital learning design elements made for an engaging experience with great learner outcomes.
For example, the course team created a mini-documentary to show how students at TU Delft turned an energy inefficient terraced row house into an energy efficient home. The course team also provided weekly video-feedback to students. Additionally, the final project had the learners redesign a building they know (their home, school, workplace, a local familiar building) into a more energy efficient structure.
Please join me in congratulating Professors Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Eric van den Ham, and Researcher Tess Blom. Their dedication to the edX mission to provide learners everywhere with access to high-quality and engaging learning is truly inspiring.
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To learn more about the edX Prize, please visit the blog post we shared announcing the 10 finalists in October. Congratulations to all of our incredible finalists, and thank you for your hard work and commitment to excellence in online teaching and learning.