Workshop 1: „Is there a conflict between open and closed learning spaces? Can closed facilitate openness?“

David Röthler (, Auastria) and Alastair Creelman (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

The issue of openness is central to all discussions on MOOCs and although there are widely differing interpretations of openness in terms of copyright, a key characteristic of all MOOCs is that they are open to all. In this workshop we would like to explore the constraints of openness and whether closed or restricted learning spaces can actually enhance an open course. An often reported factor for MOOC dropouts is the overwhelming nature of the interaction. An open forum for thousands of participants is an extremely noisy and daunting environment for all but the most experienced open learners.

Monday, 22.02.2016, 14.30 – 17.30, Room Nr. 1.13

The workshop is being live streamed and open for participation:


Workshop 2: „Mentoring, social learning, and other pedagogical innovations from two European platforms, FutureLearn and OpenClassrooms“

Natalie Cernecka (OpenClassrooms) and Nigel Smith (FutureLearn):

This workshop will showcase pedagogical innovations such as social learning and online mentoring pioneered by the two European MOOC platforms: FutureLearn and OpenClassrooms. The workshop is designed as a hands-on experience: the audience will have a chance to share their experiences with online learning and propose best practice ideas for effective social learning and mentoring.

The workshop will be introduced by presentations from the two platforms. FutureLearn will share case studies from its most effective social courses and demonstrate what FutureLearn’s social experience is like for both learners and educators.  OpenClassooms will explain why and how it developed online mentoring, addressing such questions as: why introducing mentoring? who are the mentors? how are they selected and trained? what is the learner’s feedback?

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session on topics that may arise, such as what are the challenges and drawbacks of mentoring and social learning? How can this approach scale? What are the opportunities?

Then, the audience will divide into groups: each group will be given a topic to discuss, tasks to complete, and to to present and their findings to the group.

Tuesday, 23.02.2016, 13.30 – 16.30, Room Nr. 1.13


Workshop 3: „Scalable Feedback and Assessment Activities in Open Online Education“

Julia Kasch, Peter Van Rosmalen and Marco Kalz, Open University of the Netherlands

The open and often massive character of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) implies that learning environments should allow and support teachers to facilitate large numbers of students. This workshop is organized in the framework of a PhD project about scalability which is part of the SOONER Project ( The SOONER Project is a Dutch research project which focuses on the structuration of Open Online Education (OOE) in the Netherlands (Kalz, Kreijns, Van Rosmalen, Kester, 2015). Within this workshop we will concentrate on scalability aspects in OOE and how OOE can be improved on a meso-level by designing and implementing scalable feedback and assessment activities. The workshop will be relevant for scientists and MOOC developers who want to brainstorm in an active way about scalability support in OOE.

Wednesday, 24.02.2016, 9.00 – 11.30, Room Nr. 1.13




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