An edX Course on Volcanoes Wins the Prize for Innovative Pedagogy

IBL News | New York

Professors Ben Kennedy and Dr. Jonathan Davidson, from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, won the edX’s sixth annual Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning for the course “Exploring Volcanoes and Their Hazards: Iceland and New Zealand”. EdX, the online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), made the announcement this month.

This science course includes virtual field trips, engaging assessments, and immersive learning environments. It is the result of 10 years of research and field trips.

The two instructors designed the course “to deliver an immersive and fun virtual science experience focused on volcanic landscapes,” explained edX. “By integrating a special emphasis on Māori knowledge, the course also enables learners to empathize with and understand different perspectives.”

“Learning online helps students from all backgrounds to experience the magic of volcanoes in a safe way and from exciting new angles,” said Dr. Jonathan Davidson. Professor Ben Kennedy also shared, “It has been brilliant for us to interweave indigenous knowledge with interactive volcanic landscapes to create an online learning experience that benefits everyone. It was fun to see how students from all around the world have embraced this approach to develop new skills in science communication.”

The edX prize intended to award innovations in pedagogy included twelve more finalists: