University online course wins national award

The University of Manchester is celebrating winning a national award for its Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) “Introduction to Physical Chemistry”.

The course was recognised at the Guardian University Awards last night in the category Online and Distance learning. In fact, the university was one of the most successful entrants receiving recognition in five categories.

The winning course, “Introduction to Physical Chemistry”, has already attracted 15,520 active participants from 159 countries. The team behind it believe it stood out due to the innovative use of online tools to teach a difficult laboratory based subject.

Dr Patrick J O'Malley from the School of Chemistry helped develop the winning course: “This award is well deserved recognition, not only for the individuals involved but for the wider university. Implementing any MOOC requires team work on a massive scale and that was certainly the case for our Introduction to Physical Chemistry.”

The University was also a runner up in four categories:

• Employability - Meet the Professionals speed networking events, led by the  Development and Alumni Relations team

• International project – In Place of War, developed by Music and Drama

• Social and community Impact – Work on international disaster relief by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

• Sustainability project – the end of term re-use scheme for leftover student equipment, led by the Directorate of Student Experience

Overall the university had the highest number of recognitions out of all the higher education institutes shortlisted.

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