We invite you to submit your papers to the third Learning with MOOCs
conference, to be held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia,
PA, USA on October 6-7, 2016. You are invited to submit an abstract of work
completed within MOOC settings for discussion at the conference.


We look forward to receiving your submissions!

George Siemens, LINK Lab, The University of Texas at Arlington
Catherine Spann, LINK Lab, The University of Texas at Arlington
Vitomir Kovanovic, The University of Edinburgh

THEME: Being and learning in a digital age
Since the dramatic arrival of MOOCs on the higher education landscape,
universities globally have started to grapple with how digital learning
functions within their existing missions. Some systems have responded
through a significant investment in MOOCs and new online learning programs.
Other systems have responded through taking a more cautious research
approach. Colleges, liberal arts schools, and smaller universities are
currently evaluating how the MOOC phenomenon will influence their existing
offerings and what unique experiences remain for local, on-campus learning.
More recently, virtual reality and other wearable technology indicate a
future with expanded data collection and increasingly authentic learning
experiences. They also raise concerns about how technology will influence
privacy and who has ownership of, and access to, our learning and related
biometric data.

The growth of digital learning, 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. Against this backdrop, the theme
and guiding focus for LWMOOC3 is:

  What does it mean to be human in a digital age? What does it mean to
learn in a digital age?

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?

This conference plans to bring together educators, technologists,
researchers, learning scientists, entrepreneurs, and funders of MOOCs to
share their innovations, discuss the impact on education and to answer
practical questions such as:

- What are the social and affective dimensions of learning online and in a
- What is the role of the human educator in automated learning and
evaluation environments?
- How do MOOCs and digital learning impact learners across their full life
cycle, from birth to retirement?
- How can VR and wearable technologies extend both the experience of
learners and the research interests of academics?
- What are the challenges of integrating rich multi-source data streams to
present a holistic view of learner engagement and performance?
- What are the assumptions that we are making regarding digital learning
and the role of education in society? Are these assumptions accurate? What
type of future are we creating for learners and for society with current
digital and on-campus education practices?
- How do we measure learning in and with MOOCs? What does successful MOOC
learning look like and how does it differ from traditional in-classroom
- Should the holistic development of learners, such as social and emotional
skills and character strengths, be considered in digital learning? If so,
what are the challenges and considerations in doing so?

We call for submissions to LWMOOC3 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:

- Social and affective computing
- Development of multiple pathways for learners
- Open content / open licensing and MOOCs
- New pedagogical processes with MOOCs, particularly around social and peer
- Tools for collaboration, feedback, testing and content delivery
- Wearable devices for biometric data collection
- Metrics of success for learners and instructors of MOOCs
- On-campus use of MOOCs
- Evaluation of MOOCs
- MOOCs and localized support (e. g., meetups and instructor meetings)
- Learning analytics and MOOCs
- Problem-based learning and authentic/contextual learning environments
- New and emerging models of instructional design, especially
student-centered design approaches to improve their online learning
- Machine learning, AI, and MOOCs: what is new?
- Learning sciences and new research models based on digital learning and
- The role of specific human constructs, such as imagination, joy, and
amazement, in MOOCs

We invite researchers and practitioners interested in coming together to
discuss these issues to submit a description of work (see instructions
below) they have done related to MOOCs. These descriptions should include
interesting findings that they have learned through their work that they
believe would be valuable to share with other practitioners and
researchers, and/or a question or challenges that they confronted that they
would like to discuss with others.

All submissions to the LWMOOC3 should be made using the extended abstract
format (http://www.learningwithmoocs2016.org/s/LWMOOCs-template.docx) and
should be 500 words maximum (excluding the reference list). Submissions
will be received and processed with LWMOOCS EasyChair page (

One important change for the 2016 Learning with MOOCs conference is that we
are moving towards published proceedings of all 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): May 15, 2016
- Notifications of acceptance: June 12, 2016
- Learning with MOOCs 2016 conference: October 6-7, 2016

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