We selected the winning students from the MOOCs based on grades as well as on their levels of participation in developing a community of worldwide learners. We gave extra consideration to students who contributed and engaged in the learning discussion forums. By recognizing active learning and engagement, we wanted to stimulate collaboration rather than competition between students to build a better learning experience overall. We then asked selected students to submit a CV and a motivation letter, describing why they would be most suitable for an award and how they plan to share and implement what they learned with others.
We were happy to see enthusiastic submissions from students who wanted to use what they learned from DelftX in research, to enhance their career or to share what they learned in the courses with their home universities.
Check out some of the inspiring responses we received and how DelftX students were able to take what they learned in their online course at edx.org and share with their communities.
“I want to improve the quality of drinking water in Venezuela.” Eight selected students from the MOOC “Introduction to Water Treatment” are currently taking the online course Fundamentals of Water Treatment and earning certificates from the Delft University of Technology. The students come from India, Italy, Israel, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia, Poland and Cyprus and range in age from 19 to 47 years old!
“I want to electrify rural areas in Nepal using solar energy.” In July, four selected students from the “Solar Energy” MOOC came to Delft for a one-week Solar Energy Lab. They flew in from Nepal, Ecuador, Algeria and Myanmar and plan to share the knowledge they learn with their local schools and communities.
“I want to use the course on Linear Modelling in my academic research in Poland.” Three top students from the edX online class “Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering” will visit Delft for a flight in either the Cessna Citation laboratory aircraft or the SIMONA flight simulator, and ten students were selected to take an online MSc-course of their choice.
At Delft, we enjoy seeing and directly interacting with our MOOC students. And, these awards allowed us to engage with our students both online and in person. They also enabled us to share our knowledge while at the same time giving students the opportunity to learn more about and from our university. In the future, we hope to offer even more opportunities to our MOOC students to help motivate them not only to finish their courses, but to continue to expand and share their knowledge.