SI professors win outstanding educator awards from Coursera

“Applied Data Science with Python,” an online course specialization developed by four professors at the School of Information, has won a major award from Coursera, a leading online learning platform. Christopher BrooksKevyn Collins-Thompson, Daniel Romeroand VG Vinod Vydiswaran won Coursera’s Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation for the highly successful specialization. Romero accepted the award at the Coursera Partners Conference at Arizona State University on March 7.  Out of thousands of courses and specializations, this one “has truly demonstrated innovation in creating a great online learning experience through the use of executable code blocks and Jupyter Notebooks, as well as A/B testing the effect of gender bias,” the announcement read. “We appreciate the hard work that you’ve invested in sharing your expertise with learners on Coursera and want to use this award to congratulate you.” U-M already offers 120 MOOCs (massive open online courses). SI leads in U-M’s MOOC space with nearly 40 online courses. 

Author: Sheryl James, School of Information

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