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NTHU Garners Three Outstanding MOOC Awards
On January 15, the Ministry of Education (MOE) held its Outstanding MOOC Award Ceremony, with Chu Nan-Shyan Secretariat of MOE personally presenting the prizes to each winning team. The award ceremony is held every four years, and this time three NTHU courses received the prize—the highest number among all the universities in Taiwan. The award-winning courses were: Sensation and Perception, A Close Reading of Eileen Changs Works, and Introduction to Computer Networks.
 
Ever since the MOE established the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) program four years ago, it has received a total of 1,303 proposals for course funding, of which only 341 were approved. A total of 63 schools entered the contest, and 22 courses at 15 schools received the prize this year.
 
According to NTHU’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Prof. Tai Nyan-hwa, NTHU has long been striving to remove the learning barriers, and that’s why it has put so much effort into developing MOOCs and interdisciplinary education—both of which are now seen as essential among top universities. He also said that receiving the prize is a strong affirmation of NTHU’s online courses as well as its overall educational philosophy.
 
Taught by Professor Chiao Chuan-chin of the Department of Life Science, Sensation and Perception was NTHU’s first “mobile MOOC.” The course had 14,450 participants, and was highly popular with students in mainland China. At the award ceremony Chiao’s course was commended for its liveliness, high information content, and interesting examples.
 
A Close Reading of Eileen Changs Works was taught by assistant professor of the Department of Chinese Literature Yang Chia-hsien, who is also a well-known writer, poet, essayist, and literary critic. Her course had over 220,000 students, was also well received on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and won the award of the 2016 New Curriculum Prize in China.
 
Taught by Professor Nen-Fu Huang of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Introduction to Computer Networks was amongst the 50 most popular MOOCs worldwide for two consecutive years. What made this course really unique was that it was both a MOOCs and a SPOC (small private online course), which greatly facilitated learning.
 
In his acceptance speech, Huang emphasized that making a successful MOOCs requires both the enthusiasm of the instructor and the school’s strong support. He said that in addition to helping students to learn more efficiently, the online course platform is also an effective forum to expand continuing education, and thus echoes NTHU’s commitment to interdisciplinary studies and academic excellence.
 
Left to right: Nen-Fu Huang, Chung Pao-choo (Director of the MOE’s Department of Information and Technology Education), and An-Chi Liu (director of the MOOCs Office).

Left to right: Nen-Fu Huang, Chung Pao-choo (Director of the MOE’s Department of Information and Technology Education), and An-Chi Liu (director of the MOOCs Office).

Left to right: Award recipients Chiao Chuan-chin, Nen-Fu Huang, and Yang Chia-hsien.

Left to right: Award recipients Chiao Chuan-chin, Nen-Fu Huang, and Yang Chia-hsien.


Nen-Fu Huang (right) and Chu Nan-Shyan.

Nen-Fu Huang (right) and Chu Nan-Shyan.

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