Sunday, October 8th
Welcome Reception Sponsored by ExtensionEngine
5:30 pm-7:30 pm Poster Session
Monday, Oct 9th
8:00 am-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome, Harrison Keller, Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy, UT Austin, LWMOOCs 2017 Host
9:00 am-9:30 am Opening Keynote: Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX
9:30 am-10:30 am OPENING PANEL: MOOCs@Work
Chair: Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX
- Nina Huntemann, Director of Academics and research, edX
- Yuanxia Ding, VP of Strategy, Business Operations, and Learning, Opportunity@Work
- Kemi Jona, Founding Director of the Lowell Institute School, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University
- Scott Klemmer, Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering, co-founder, Design Lab, UC San Diego
10:30 am-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:30 pm PANEL: Credentialling and Measurement in Workforce Development
Chair: Anne Trumbore, Sr. Director, Wharton Online, University of Pennsylvania
- Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder and CEO, Credly
- Matthew N. Gaertner, Principal Research Scientist, Center for Education Policy, SRI International
- Fiona Hollands,Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
- Sunbok Lee and David Pritchard, Fixed Item Parameter Calibration for Measuring Student Learning in MOOCs
- Linda MacDonald and John Zornig, Challenges in MicroMasters® program design: a case study. Mary Ellen Wiltrout and Sera Thornton, Competency-Based Testing in a Biology MOOC
- David Joyner, Harnessing professionals' motivations and experiences to improve accredited MOOC-based education
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch
Chair: Pat James, Executive Director (ret), California Community Colleges' Online Education Initiative
- Tim Resnick, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University
- Tawanna Dillahunt, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
- Denise Reading, Founder and CEO of LDR Global & Co-Founder of WorkerFIT Partners
- Carol Fletcher, Adam Stephens, Jayce Warner and Lisa Garbrecht, Increasing Access to Computer Science Education through WeTeach_CS Professional Development MOOC
- Ira Gooding and Xi Chen, Alignment of Personal Learning Goals and Course Learning Objectives in MOOCs
- Elle Yuan Wang and Ryan Baker, Beyond Sampling: Exploring how students use MOOCs minimally
- Lucy Appert, Andrew Flatgard, Paul Stengel, and Jessica Brodsky, Going off the beaten path: Designing and representing multiple learning pathways in MOOCs
2:45 am-3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm-4:15 pm Networking Tea Sponsored by DANCE
4:15 pm-5:15 pm Birds of a Feather
Tuesday, Oct 10th
8:30 am-9:30 am Breakfast
Chair: Scott Klemmer, Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering, co-founder, Design Lab, UC San Diego
- Furqan Nazeeri, Partner, ExtensionEngine
- Andreina Parisi-Amon, Director, Teaching and Learning, Coursera
- Norman Bier, Director, Online Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
- David Joyner, A Holistic Approach to Academic Integrity in a CS1 MOOC
- Michael Richey, George Siemens, Krishna Madhavan, Doipayan Roy, Mitchell Zielinski, Kerrie Douglas, Mark Cousino and Katy Borner, A new academic – industry partnership to enable dynamic learning for online education and alignment of emergent workforce capabilities
- Joy Lu, Eric Bradlow and Wes Hutchinson, Binge consumption in MOOCs
- Paul Joseph Stengel, Structuring Participatory Design Teams for Purposeful Teaching and Learning in MOOCs
11:00 am-11:30 am Break
11:30 am-12:30 pm Design Workshop -(firehose) 3 questions
Chair: Norman Bier, Director, Online Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
- Rocael Hernandez Rizzardini and Hector R. Amado-Salvatierra, cMOOCs in a MicroMasters: a Full Engagement Educational Framework
- Alyssa Napier, Elizabeth Huttner-Loan, and Justin Reich, Developing Collaborative Professional Competencies through Online Learning: Design Principles from School Leadership MOOCs
- Andrew Flatgard, Maurice Matiz, Stephanie Ogden, Paul Stengel, Jose Diaz and Laura Lechner, Engaging Teachers in MOOCs Through the ConnectED Initiative
- David Joyner, Seven design principles for scalable for-credit CS1 education
- Zhongzhou Chen, Geoffrey Garrido, Ian Turgeon, Zachary Berry and Francisca Yonekura, Designing the next generation of MOOCs using Online Learning Modules
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch
Chair: Carolyn Rose, Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
- Miaomiao Wen, Data Scientist, Coursera
- Melissa Patchan, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences and Human Development, West Virginia University
- Chinmay Kulkarni, Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University
- Sreecharan Sankaranarayanan and Carolyn Rose, Orchestration of Conversational Agent Support and Team Formation in a Group Learning Environment
- Patrice Pusko, Whitney Kilgore and Maha Al-Freih, HumanMOOC: Creating an Abundance of Human Centered Learning Experiences
- Benjamin Schmidt, Peer Feedback in Creative Writing MOOCs for Learner Retention: A Sentiment Analysis of Online Comments
- Betsy Williams, Visibility and responsibility: How teachers respond to a team-level randomized experiment
3:00 pm-3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm-5:00 pm PANEL: How are MOOCs used in the rest of the world?
Chair: Ryan Baker, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Director, Penn Center for Learning Analytics
- Rene Kizilcec, Director of Digital Learning Research, GSE, Stanford, Assistant Research Professor, School of Engineering, Arizona State University
- Amy Ogan, Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
- Edgar Gonzalez, Program Manager, IDBx, Inter-American Development Bank
- Mariam Aman Shah and David Santandreu Calonge, MOOCs and the need for employable skills in refugee contexts
- David Santandreu Calonge, Mariam Aman Shah, Karina Riggs, Monica Kerr, Melissa Connor Roger Rajkovic and Philip Elms, MOOCs and up skilling: the Australian employers’ context
- Judith Uchidiuno, Amy Ogan, Evelyn Yarzebinski and Jessica Hammer. Motivation vs Goal Driven Interventions for ELL Students in MOOCs
5:00 pm Closing Carolyn Rose, Carnegie Mellon
2017 Onsite registration will be available both days of the conference.
Early Bird Attendee (Before July 1): $435
Attendee (July 1 - September 15): $465
Late Attendee (September 16 - October 7): $490
UT Austin & UT System Campus Attendees: $205
Learning with MOOCs 2017
October 8-10, 2017, at the University of Texas at Austin
2017 Theme: Developing and Advancing Careers with MOOCs
Though initial visions of MOOCs as free learning resources for the masses have not yet been the reality, millions of learners around the world are using MOOCs to support professional development and career advancement. This activity represents an important shift from the top-down model of university degrees to a learner-generated, micro-credentialing “bottom-up” model. How will the research community respond to help ensure that technology-mediated instruction at scale continues to be more learner-focussed and community enhanced? What work can we initiate or surface that allows for underserved learners to benefit from more accessible opportunities for career advancement? How can we create the kind of socially supportive online contexts that are conducive for career development, especially for the underserved? And what resources might make this more possible?
The growth of digital learning communities, both in terms of research and practice, is part of a broader societal transition to a digital and data-driven world. Reports of future mass upheaval in employment driven by artificial intelligence are starting to cause alarm. Today, cognitive technologies can learn and in some cases outperform humans. While we cannot predict the exact nature of these technological disruptions, we can see foresee the growing need for continuing education and associated development of social capital in order for humans to remain competitive in the workforce. Against this backdrop, the theme and guiding focus for LWMOOC4 is:
How can MOOCs be used for career advancement, especially for the under-employed? How can we better support career advancement with MOOCs?
As the influence of MOOCs and digital learning in general grow, it’s time to review many of the assumptions that researchers and practitioners currently hold. Are we creating the type of knowledge infrastructure through digital learning that will enable a generation of creative, innovative, honest, considerate, socially responsible, motivated, and full-filled learners? Or are we meeting AI in the middle by dumbing down and automating our learning needs to such a degree that the machines ought to take over?
The questions for LWMOOC4 include:
- How are MOOCs currently contributing to personal development and career advancement?
- What are notable successes in the MOOC space with underserved or underemployed learners?
- What are the biggest gaps in learning support and feedback offered in MOOCs, especially when considering underserved and underemployed learners?
- How can be better harness the resources students have to offer one another, through peer feedback, collaboration, and help exchange?
- What are successes and challenges in the space of supporting learning through social interaction in MOOCs?
We call for submissions to LWMOOC4 from a diversity of disciplines and topics (see details below). In particular, we invite submissions that build on the main theme of the conference and highlight the strength of the core MOOC research community, with the important input from the other related research domains. We invite submissions related to research, practice, and theory related to MOOCs.
Specific topics, though not limited to these, include:
- MOOCs used officially and unofficially in the workforce
- Problem-based learning and authentic/contextual learning environment
- Social and affective computing
- The role of specific human constructs, such as imagination, joy, and amazement, in MOOCs
- New pedagogical processes with MOOCs, particularly around social and peer pedagogies
- New and emerging models of instructional design, especially student-centered design approaches
- Learning analytics and MOOCs
- Learning sciences and new research models based on digital learning and MOOCs
- Tools for collaboration, feedback, testing and content delivery
- Metrics of success for learners and instructors of MOOCs/Evaluation of MOOCs
- MOOCs and localized support (e. g., meetups and instructor meetings)
- Development of multiple pathways for learner
- Machine learning, AI, and MOOCs: what is new?
All submissions to the LWMOOC4 should be made using the extended abstract format [link] and should be 500 words maximum. Submissions will be received and processed with LWMOOCS EasyChair page [https://easychair.org/cfp/lwmooc17].
Similar to the 2016 conference, we will publish a proceedings of all accepted conference submissions. The proceedings will include abstracts as well as the presentation slides that will serve as a written record of the conference.
Abstract submissions (500 words): June 19, 2017
Notifications of acceptance: July 12, 2017
Learning with MOOCs 2017 conference: October 8-10, 2017
Carolyn Rose, Language Technologies Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Anne Trumbore, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
All conference events will be held in the AT&T Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin, located at 1900 University Avenue, the University of Austin, Austin, TX .
The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is located downtown on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and University Avenue, at the south entrance to The University of Texas at Austin. The Center is four blocks from the Texas State Capitol and eight miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
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