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Penn MOOC Announced as Finalist for edX Prize

November 13, 2018
By Online Learning Initiative


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PennX MOOC "The Top 10 Social Issues for the First 100 Days" is a finalist for the 2018 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning.


The University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Online Learning Initiative, is delighted to announce that the PennX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The Top 10 Social Issues for the First 100 Days, is a finalist for the 2018 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning. With over 4000 enrollments, this course utilized the edX platform to bring together international learners across the globe in engaging discussions on the most critical social issues facing the new US president in his first 100 days in office. This course facilitated an international discussion on the state of US politics and generated 3100 discussion posts made by over 550 learners. This success would not have been possible without the scholarship of the 13 faculty members from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) who contributed engaging lecture videos, detailed infographics, and engrossing discussion prompts. 

edX Prize winners will be announced at the edX Global Forum, held in Boston November 15-16, brings together visionary leaders in the digital learning space from the world’s top universities and organizations to discuss the future impact of online learning. 


The University of Pennsylvania has been a proud partner of edX’s mission to offer high-quality educational courses to eager learners across the world since 2015. Penn currently offers over 20 courses on the edX platform ranging from Robotics and Programming to the History of Hollywood. Penn recently launched its first ever MicroMasters program in Robotics last year to join robust collection of online course offerings. Sign up for a courses below, and explore a topic that you’re passionate about!