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Belcher receives teaching award for work with TEAL

John W. Belcher has been awarded the 2015 Hans Christian Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers, in recognition of his “tireless work with TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).”

The Oersted Medal is given to recognize “those who have had an outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics.”

Belcher has been an instructor for 8.02 (Electricity and Magnetism), which is taught in the TEAL format. Students work collaboratively in groups with an emphasis on in-class problem solving and experiments.

Belcher was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2000. He has also received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and an MIT award given to recognize a “record of excellence in education.”

—Katherine Nazemi