Organizers

General Chair

Saman Amarasinghe, MIT

Program Chair

Candace Thille, Stanford

Co-Program Chair

Ross Strader, Stanford

Publicity Chair

Kalyan Veeramachaneni, MIT

Finance Chair

Una-May OReilly, MIT

Steering Committee

Anant Agarwal, EdX, MIT
Armando Fox, UC Berkeley
Jeff Haywood, Edinburgh
Daphne Koller, Coursera, Stanford
Daniela Rus, MIT
Sebestian Thrun, Udacity, Stanford
Barbara Chow, Hewlett Foundation

Program Committee

George Siemens, University of Texas at Arlington
Rob Miller, MIT
Doug Fisher, Vanderbilt University
Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University
Amy Bennett, University of Pennsylvania
Phil Long, University of Queensland
Deepak Phatak, IIT Bombay
John Mitchell, Stanford University
Justin Reich, Harvard University
Ryan Baker, Teachers college, Columbia University
Rebecca Petersen, edX
Norman Bier, Carnegie Mellon University
Neil Heffernan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Marcia Linn, UC Berkeley
Zach Pardos, UC Berkeley
Kurt VanLehn, Arizona State University
Matt Easterday NorthWestern University
Barbara Means, SRI
Marie Cini, University of Maryland, University College
Allison Dulin, Davidson College
Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL
Dan Grossman, University of Washington
Chris Brooks, University of Michigan
Maria Janelli, American Museum of Natural History
Carin Nuernberg, Berklee
Cassandra Horii, Caltech
Isaac Chuang, MIT/MITx
Dick Clark, University of Southern California
Lynne OBrien, Duke University
Tanja de Bie, Universiteit Leiden
Yvonne Belanger, Gates Foundation
Peter Norvig, Google
Bror Saxberg, Kaplan

FAQ

I see that the application deadline has passed. Can I still participate in the Learning with MOOCs workshop?
No. We have had an overwhelming interest in this workshop, but unfortunately have limited space and are not able to accept any more applicants.

What is the format of the workshop?
The workshop will consist of the following types of sessions:

  • Keynote Speakers: Themes are Teaching Learning, Research, Openness, Technology, and the International Perspective.
  • Panel Presentations: Short presentations by a few individuals followed by 30 minutes of facilitated discussion
  • Individual Presentations: A 15-20 minute presentation followed by 40 minutes of facilitated discussion
  • Lightning Rounds: Ten 3-minute presentations grouped with by theme followed by a 30-minute facilitated discussion about the presentations.

There will also be plenty of time for ad-hoc discussion so that participants may connect with others working in the same area and share thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

I received an invitation to attend the Learning with MOOCs workshop. Does that mean that I am presenting?
No. The one-page descriptions of work were used for two purposes:

  1. As an application to attend the workshop. If you were selected to attend the workshop, you received an email on May 19 (subject: 2014 Learning with MOOCs Workshop).
  2. To invite presentations for the workshop. If you were invited to present at the workshop, you received an invitation by email on June 19 describing your presentation format (subject: Invitation to Present 2014 Learning with MOOCs Workshop).

I was invited to attend, but do not have sufficient travel funds. Is there any financial support available?
Yes. If you are unable to attend the workshop due to severe financial constraints, we have a very limited amount of scholarship funds (available to participants whether or not you were invited to present). More information is available on the registration page (link included in your invitation email).

Program

Tuesday August 12, 2014

8:00 AM  9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM  –  9:30 AM Room 123 Opening Session
Welcome Anant Agarwal, edX
Overview of Learning with MOOCs Workshop Candace Thille, Open Learning Initiative, Stanford University (watch online)
9:30 AM  10:30 AM Room 123 Keynote The Learning Perspective
Susan Singer, National Science Foundation
(watch online) 
10:30 AM  11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM  12:00 PM Room 141 Design Track: Design and Development of Project and Case Based MOOCs in educational technology and games Eric Klopfer and Ilana Schoenfeld (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 124 Teaching Track: A successful learning experience using SPOCs Carlos Delgado Kloos, Pedro. J. Muñoz-Merino, Jose Ruiperez Valiente, Maria Auger, Susana Briz, Vanessa de Castro, Silvia Santalla (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 123 Research Track: Learning Exists in MOOCS, What Resources Correlate with It? Kimberly Colvin, Colin Fredericks, Alwina Liu Liu, Daniel Seaton, Raluca Teodorescu, Zhongzhou Chen, John Champaign, David Pritchard (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion)(watch online)
Room 144 Technology Track: The Shikkhok Project: Building an Ultra-low cost Crowdsourced MOOC for Non-English Speaking Students in South Asia Ragib Hasan (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
12:00 PM  1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM  2:00 PM Room 123 Keynote OER and the State of the MOOC
Cathy Casserly, Hewlett Foundation
(watch online)
2:00 PM  2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM  3:30 PM Room 124 Design Track: Pre-Algebra MOOC for College Readiness Sasha Thackaberry (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 144 Teaching Track: Using a MOOC to Flip My Freshman Biology Course Brian White (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 141 Research Track: Researching for better online instructional methods using AB testing Zhongzhou Chen, Christopher Chudzicki, Demirci Neset, Peter Bohacek, David Pritchard (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 123 Research Track: Lightning Round Session 1 (Short presentations followed by 30 minute facilitated discussion). Facilitated by Rebecca Petersen. (watch online)

  • Exploring Social Factors that Impact Persistence in MOOCs Carolyn Rose, Diyi Yang, and Miaomiao Wen
  • Big data in MOOCs Laura Perna, Alan Ruby, Robert Boruch, Nicole Wang, Chad Evans, Seher Ahmad, and Janie Scull
  • Evaluating the Flipped Classroom in An Undergraduate History Course Yiran Zhao and Andrew Ho
  • Peer Grading Design with Cloud Teaching Assistant System Tim Vogelsang and Lara Ruppertz
  • Diagnosing Dropouts in MOOCs Sherif Halawa and John Mitchell
  • An Investigation on Optimal Text Length for MOOCs Tiffany Wong and Meghan Morrissey
  • The Promise of Social Learning and Annotation in MOOCs Emily Schneider and Rene Kizilcec
  • A MOOC Data Infrastructure for Research and Feedback John Zornig and Andrew Dekker
3:30 PM  4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM  5:00 PM Room 124 Design Track: An Approach to Skill Mapping in Online Courses Sean Lip, Dawn Zimmaro, Ross Strader, Norman Bier, Candace Thille (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 141 Research Track: Panel Discussion: Understanding Our Learners and Meeting Them Where They Are Maria Janelli, Jennifer Deboer (Two 10 minute talks followed by 40 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 144 Technology Track: Open Edx Annotation tools: breaking the unidirectionality of online course content Philip Desenne, Leah Reis-Dennis (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 123 Teaching Track: Lightning Round Session 2 (Short presentations followed by 30 minute facilitated discussion). Facilitated by Marie Cini. (watch online)

  • MOOCs and the Humanities: Past, Present, Future Zachary Davis
  • Course Drift in Blended, Large Enrollment, Multiple Section Courses David Majerich and Aldo Ferri
  • Learning History through a MOOC Bernard Cooperman
  • Can MOOCs support new pedagogical experimentation in on-campus teaching and learning? Allison Dulin, Kristen Eshleman, Erland Stevens, and Rebecca Peterson
  • MOOCs on campus: exploring models for student engagement Cassandra Horii
  • The sMOOC Experience: Strategies That Promote Academic Success for Community College Students Harold Riggs, Linda Grisham, and Lynn Hunter
  • Teacher enrollment and engagement in MITx open online courses Daniel Seaton and Jon Daries
5:00 PM  6:00 PM Break and Transportation to JFK Museum
6:00 PM  7:00 PM JFK Museum Reception and Quick Hits Posters (watch online)
7:00 PM  8:00 PM JFK Museum Keynote Panel: How MOOC Platforms Enable Learning
Panelists include Anant Agarwal (edX), Vivek Goel (Coursera), Melissa Loble (Canvas), and Mark Lester (FutureLearn). Moderator: Diana Oblinger (EDUCAUSE)
(watch online)
8:00 PM  9:30 PM JFK Museum Buffet-style Dinner

Wednesday August 13, 2014

8:00 AM  9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM  –  10:00 AM Room 123 Keynote The Research Perspective
Richard Clark, University of Southern California
(watch online)
10:00 AM  10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM  11:30 AM Room 124 Design Track: MOOCs as Collaborative Tools to Support Teacher Learning Sara Rutherford-Quach, Hsiaolin Hsieh (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online) 
Room 141 Teaching Track: Blending MOOC resources for traditional credit-granting institutions Damian Bebell, Rebecca Petersen (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 144 Research Track: Using OLI Learning Environments to Support MOOCs Norman Bier (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 123 Technology Track: Lightning Round Session 3 (Short presentations followed by 30 minute facilitated discussion). Facilitated by Sanjoy Mahajan. (watch online)

  • Linking MOOC Contents Using Human Language Technologies Shang-Wen Li and Victor Zue
  • How can we design peer interactions to harness the scale and diversity in an online class? Chinmay Kulkarni, Michael Bernstein, and Scott Klemmer
  • Towards Lab-based MOOCs: Cyber-Physical Systems, Robotics, and Beyond Garvit Juniwal, Alexandre Donze, Jeff C. Jensen, and Sanjit A. Seshia
  • Crossing the Streams: Combining a MOOC with Personalized Learning Technology Andrew Smith Lewis and Jeff Hellmer
  • Teaching with MathWorks Tools John Kotwicki
  • A platform to bridge the global skills gap by increasing access to online education technologies Jake Hirsch-Allen and Jonathan Glencross
  • Leveraging edX Technology for assessments in Indian Institutions Shibani Singh
11:30 AM  12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM  1:30 PM Room 141 Teaching Track: Author or Instructor: Teaching a MOOC Ani Adhikari (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 124 Technology Track: Tools to Enable the Design and Reuse of MOOC Materials Brandon Muramatsu, Jeffrey Merriman, Cole Shaw (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 144 Research Track: Four Types of MOOC Research: From Fishing in the Exhaust to Design Research in the Core Justin Reich (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online) 
Room 123 Design Track: Lightning Round Session 4 (Short presentations followed by 30 minute facilitated discussion). Facilitated by John Zornig. (watch online)

  • The Power of Community: MOOC > Digital Textbook Ronen Plesser
  • Makers Open Online Courses Enhance Learning and Sustainability Jacky Hood
  • Formative MOOC Development Junjie Liu
  • Enabling MOOC Collaborations Through Modularity Geoffrey Challen and Margo Seltzer
  • Student collaboration, engagement, persistence and social presence at scale Anne Trumbore
  • Experimenting with OpenEdX, Alumni & Undergraduate interaction, and the Advent of the Atomic Bomb Kevin Lynch
1:30 PM  2:00 PM Break
2:00 PM  3:00 PM Room 124 Design Track: MOOCs and the Older Learner Susan Hoffman, Chelsea Crown (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 141 Teaching Track: The Impact of MOOC Blended Instruction to Teach Programming Velma Latson (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 123 Research Track: Panel Discussion: Learner Engagement and Motivation in MOOCs Yuan Elle Wang, Hal Daume III, Jason Mock (Three 10 minute talks followed by 30 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
Room 144 Technology Track: Achieving Learning Objectives Online: Not All Platforms are Equal! Nick Feamster (15 minute talk followed by 45 minute facilitated discussion) (watch online)
3:00 PM  3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM  4:30 PM Room 123 Town Hall Meeting
Final coming together as a group to discuss lessons, concerns, and vision for the future
(watch online)

Susan Singer

Susan Rundell Singer is Division Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF and Laurence McKinley Gould Professor, in the Biology and Cognitive Science Departments at Carleton. She pursues a career that integrates science and education. In addition to a PhD in biology from Rensselaer, she completed a teacher certification program in New York State. A developmental biologist who studies flowering in legumes and also does research on learning in genomics, Susan is a AAAS fellow and received both the American Society of Plant Biology teaching award and Botanical Society of America Charles Bessey teaching award. She directed Carleton’s Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, was an NSF program officer in Biology, and is a co-author of the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology report and an introductory biology text. She has served on numerous boards, including the NSF EHR advisory committee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Board, the American Society of Plant Biology Education Foundation, and the Botanical Society board of directors; is a member-at-large for the AAAS Education Section; participates in the Minnesota Next Generation Science Standards team; and was a member of the National Academies’ Board on Science Education. She has participated in six National Academies studies, including chairing the committees that authored America’s Lab Report, Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education and Discipline-based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering.

Venue/Logistics

Venue
The workshop will be held on the ground floor of Stata Center a.k.a Building 32 at MIT. It physical address is 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.

For detailed directions please visit here

MIT Map is available here

The venue is walking distance from the Marriott hotel. If you are staying at Marriott hotel please look at the walking directions here

Check in/Registration desk
Check in begins at 8 AM. Registration and Information desk located outside Kirsch Auditorium (room 32-123) on the ground floor of the Stata Center, building 32 at 32 Vassar Street.

Sessions
The parallel sessions will be held in four different rooms in the ground floor of the building. These are: 32-123, 32-124, 32-141, 32-144. For exact information about where each session is please refer to the program.

Breakfast
Please note that Continental breakfast is available on both days of the workshop at 8 AM.

Dinner/Banquet
We will have buses beginning at 5 PM for a museum reception start time of 6:00 PM. At the end of the evening buses will load for the return to MIT/Marriott at 9:30 PM. Anyone who registered for the JFK dinner will be provided with a ticket when they check in at the registration desk. The ticket will include departure and return times as a reminder.

For people driving, note that the Museum address is not the best one to put in a GPS

Museum address:
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125

Recommended GPS address:
220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

 

Internet
There is public wifi available at the venue. In your wifi please choose statacenter which is publicly available free wifi. Alternatively, you can also choose MIT Guest which is also publicly available.

Welcome

Fall 2015 Conference
Save the date: Learning With MOOCs 2 will be held at Columbia University Teachers College on October 1-3, 2015. More details forthcoming. This site is the archive from the first conference held at MIT.

Fall 2014 Conference
The Fall 2014 conference is archived at http://webcast.amps.ms.mit.edu/fall2014/MOOCs/ .

Venue
Venue and Logistical information has been updated. The workshop will be held at 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. Please go here for more information.

Workshop Description
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 from the rich data streams generated by these platforms? How do we structure the learning activities to produce data streams that better support research?

Topics include, but are not restricted to:

· Creating and teaching with MOOCs
. Open content /open licensing and MOOCs
. Novel pedagogical processes with MOOCs
. Tools for collaboration, feedback, testing and content delivery
· Best practices in MOOCs
· Learning from experiments with MOOCs (including both successes and failures)
· Metrics of success for learners and instructors of MOOCs
· On campus use of MOOCs
· Evaluation of MOOCs
· Learning analytics and MOOCs
· Interactive activities in MOOCs
· Challenges facing MOOCs
· Expanding the learner community with MOOCs
· Learning research based on MOOCs
· Key research challenges

This workshop will be held in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday-Wednesday, August 12-13, 2014.

Application Instructions:
Applications for the workshop are now closed.