Celebrating half a million joiners with the inaugural Open Online Learning Awards

Open Online Learning Award nominees for most popular single course run

The inaugural Open Online Learning Awards took place last week which was an excellent opportunity to gather colleagues together to drink wine, show off some success stories and hand out some awards.

The night was introduced by Vice President for Education, Professor Wyn Morgan, who spoke about the importance of digital and online learning to the University. The event was hosted by Professor Marie Kinsey who brought the attendees up to date with our achievements thus far and Dr Chris Stokes and Dr Claire Beecroft presented on their personal experiences running Discover Dentistry and Health Technology Assessment respectively.

We also celebrated recently signing up our 500,000th FutureLearner to one of our open courses, which is a statistic we are immensely proud of and shows how effective digital learning is to engaging learners all over the world.

Production manager Dave Holloway also spoke about how much the online team enjoy their jobs and proceeded to hand out some Open Online Learning Awards to the academics, staff members and course teams who we have worked with over the nearly four years of the project.

The awards were a mixture of success stories for academics or departments and reflections from the Online Learning Team. They were intended to represent the diverse nature of the courses and how achievement can be measured in a large number of ways; from quantitative data to personal development in learners and academics.

Pamela Hafekost and Judith Greenall accept the award for Most Popular Single Course Run on behalf of the Careers Service.
Pamela Hafekost and Judith Greenall accept the award for Most Popular Single Course Run on behalf of the Careers Service.

 

A full list of the nominees and winners:


Most Popular Single Course run

Crime, Justice and Society

How to Succeed at: Interviews (24,396 joiners)

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

How to Write Your First Song


Most Comments

Exploring Play (69,264 comments)

How to Succeed at: Interviews

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

Literature of the English Country House


Most Active Learners

Exploring Play

How to Write Your First Song

Literature of the English Country House

The Musculoskeletal System


Most Statements Purchased

Discover Dentistry

Exploring Play

Making Sense of Data in the Media

Measuring and Valuing Health


Innovation Award

Dr. Chris Stokes

Dr. Katherine Linehan

The Careers Service

The School of Health and Related Research


Team Effort

The School of English

The School of Law (for an epic 5hr location shoot)

Sheffield Robotics


One Take Wonder Award

Adam White (How to Write Your First Song)

Dr. Amanda Crawley-Jackson (Achieve More)

Dr. Katherine Stevens (Measuring and Valuing Health)

Prof. Maggie Wykes (Crime, Justice and Society)


Best Walking and Talking

Dr. Amber Regis (Literature of the English Country House)

Dr. Chris Stokes (Discover Dentistry)

Dr. Katherine Stevens (Measuring and Valuing Health)

Dr. Matthew Bacon (Crime, Justice and Society)

Dr Matthew Bacon and Professor Claire McGourlay with the two awards won by the School of Law
Dr Matthew Bacon with the two awards won by the School of Law

 


Best Day Out

Cesare Lombroso Museum, Turin (Crime Justice and Society)

Chatsworth House shoot (Literature of the English Country House)

Pig Farm Studios shoot (How to Write Your First Song)

Robotic Prostate Operation (Building a Future With Robots)


Most Controversial Style Choice

Dr. Adam James Smith (unbuttoned shirt, Literature of the English Country House)

Dr Mark Taylor (tongue piercing, Making Sense of Data in the Media)

Dr. Matthew Bacon (flowery shirt, Crime Justice and Society)


Funniest Moment

Amber Regis’ funniest moment award card
Amber Regis’ funniest moment award card

 


Lifetime Achievement

Prof. Marie Kinsey (Co-director of Digital, University of Sheffield)


Secret Heroes

Kieran Bentley (animator, Online Learning Team)

Karen Cohen (Projects and Development Assistant, University of Sheffield)


Many thanks to all who attended and spoke at the event. Congratulations to all our nominees and winners.

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About Dave Holloway

Dave Holloway

Dave Holloway is a Production Manager in the University of Sheffield's Online Learning Team. In previous professional lives, Dave has been a filmmaker, editor, VJ, and events producer, notably with FutureEverything and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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