Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:15
Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin
Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin is a finalist in the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin, from UQ’s School of Communication and Arts, has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning.

 

The edX Prize celebrates the contributions and innovations of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) teachers in the edX community.

 

Dr Petelin’s MOOC WRITE101x: English Grammar and Style teaches key concepts and strategies that are essential for writing well.

 

Almost half a million learners have enrolled in the course since it was first released in 2014.

 

Dr Petelin said the MOOC’s high enrolment numbers indicate an overwhelming interest in learning about grammar and writing.

 

Writing is a daily experience for millions of people,” she said.

“It’s at the heart of work and it’s hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. The grammar MOOC provides students with the tools to write so that they can be understood by their readers.”

UQx Director John Zornig said the edX prize nomination reflects the hard work and dedication of Dr Petelin and her team.

 

“I love reading the reviews of Roslyn’s course,” he said.

 

“Learners are getting so much out of it. It truly fulfills the promise of MOOCs as accessible university quality education for the world and is a standard bearer for UQ in this space.”

 

The edX University Advisory Board will evaluate the 10 finalists and select a winner, who will be announced at the edX Global Forum, taking place in December 2017 and hosted by the University of British Columbia.