Title “e-Course of the Year” granted to UT’s first MOOC
The Estonian e-University consortium gave the title "e-Course of the Year 2015" to the e-course "Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis" by the Institute of Chemistry of the University of Tartu for video-lectures and tests of excellent quality.
The authors of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or in other words an open web-based course are Professor of Analytical Chemistry at UT Ivo Leito and Research Fellows in Analytical and Physical Chemistry at UT Lauri Jalukse and Irja Helm.
“We have incorporated different innovative solutions into our teaching practices over the past few years and the title of the e-course of the year shows that we are on the right track. It is a great acknowledgement and we are very happy to have received it,” said Professor Leito after the receipt of the title.
This was the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for the University of Tartu, launched in spring 2014 for the first time. The latest course had 450 participants from over 70 countries.
“The majority of the course participants are employees of the laboratories of analytical chemistry, which proves that the field of analytical chemistry still needs training on the subject of measurement uncertainty,” commented Leito.
This year, eight courses that received an e-course quality label during the 2015 call were nominated as candidates for the e-course of the year of institutions of higher education. The candidates included four courses from the University of Tartu, two from the Tallinn University of Technology and two from the TTK University of Applied Sciences.
The winner of the title “e-Course of the Year” was announced on 16 April 2015 at an international conference “Smart User of New Technology is Taking Over” organised by the Innovation Centre of Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA).
The University of Tartu has received five “e-Course of the Year” titles from 2009.