March 5, 2015

Conference on research into MOOCs

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Arlington Texas

What: MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice, and Learning

Aim: to explore the progress and possibilities in the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The research-based gathering will connect the leading educators, learning designers, and administrators who are running and developing MOOCs in order to share experiences, practices, challenges, policies, and next steps for emerging digital learning models.

Academic researchers will present progress on more than 30 research projects awarded funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They will be joined by national higher education experts and platform/technology solution providers presenting on current MOOC-related initiatives.

Where: Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Arlington, Texas 76011

When: Thursday, December 5, 2013 – Friday, December 6, 2013

Who: Speakers include:

  • Candace Thille, senior research fellow at Stanford University and founder of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Jim Groom, director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Jeff Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of the book College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students

However, it appears that George Siemens of Athabasca University is the driving force behind this conference, helped by a $100,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant – well done, George!

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