For the second year in a row, CSE professor Ravi Ramamoorthi -- who holds the Ronald L. Graham Chair of Computer Science -- is a finalist in a competition for an online education award. The 2017 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning has whittled down all nominations to a list of 10 finalists worldwide among developers of online courses in all subject areas delivered via edX, one of the largest massive open online course platforms in the world.
Professor Ramamoorthi's "Computer Graphics" online course was the first in the field of computer graphics. Originally developed while he was at UC Berkeley, the course is now part of UC San Diego's offerings on the edX platform. In 2016 the course was also a finalist in the annual competition. In the past year, the course has enrolled approximately 20,000 students, bringing to more than 100,000 the number of students who signed up to take the course since it was first offered.
All submissions were reviewed by an evaluation committee made up of faculty, instructional designers, college deans, and online learning directors from edX partner institutions. The evaluation committee selected 10 finalists. The edX University Advisory Board will evaluate the finalists and select the winner of the edX Prize. The award will be announced at the 2017 edX Global Forum hosted by the University of British Columbia in December, where all the finalists will be honored.
The next edition of the self-paced "Computer Graphics" course on edX starts on September 18, 2017.