Learning with MOOCs: A Practitioner's Workshop

written by Kalyan Veermachaneni, Ph.D

MOOCs have gone from a distant idea to a global phenomenon in less than five years. During this period MOOCs have innovated at a dazzling speed in content creation, delivery, feedback, testing and other aspects of the knowledge delivery process. The excitement of MOOCs has been the promise of "learning at scale". As a result, the primary focus of the design of MOOCs to date has been on "scale". We believe it is now time to focus our attention on the design for "learning".

This workshop plans to bring together the educators, technologists, researchers, learning scientists, entrepreneurs, and funders of MOOCs to share their innovations, discuss the impact on education and to answer questions such as: How to best support students to learn in an online environment? How can MOOCs be successfully integrated with the traditional classroom experience? For which students and in what contexts are these courses most effective? What can we learn form the rich data streams generated by these platforms? How do we structure the learning activities to produce data streams that better support research?

Practitioners interested in coming together to discuss these issues are invited to submit a one page description of work they have done in a MOOC including something interesting that they have learned through their work that they believe would be valuable to share with others and/or a question/challenge that they confronted that they would like to have others discuss. 

Key Dates: 

  • Submission deadline: March 31, 2014
  • Preregistration opens May 1, 2014
  • Conference dates: August 12 -13, 2014

http://www.moocworkshop.org

Kalyan Veeramachaneni is a Research Scientist in the Computer Science and artificial intelligence laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.