EMOOCs 2014 Conference

February 10-12, 2014 in Lausanne (Switzerland)

Call for papers for the Experience Track

This forum gathers practitioners interested in experiences and best practices in MOOCs and MOOC-related contexts. This includes experiences from authors who have been running MOOCs, supporting the production of MOOCs, involved in the selection of MOOCs, or analysing data for their university. It also includes experiences of using MOOC-related technology in other contexts, in particular, for on-campus education. It aims to share experiences, results, and solutions and to document problems.


Topics of interest are (but are not restricted to):

  • MOOC production: costs, processes, pitfalls
  • MOOC selection: criteria for selection, how to motivate teachers, feedback from students
  • MOOC data: drop-out rates, student demographics, popular activities, etc.
  • Integration with existing e-learning initiatives and learning management systems
  • Failures and successes in flipped classrooms
  • Pedagogical support to teachers



The format of this track will be a set of five sessions. In order to organize the track and to encourage submissions, three of these sessions have predefined topics. The two other sessions will be organized taking into account the submissions received.

Session E1: Experiences from MOOC authors

This session will include experience reports from professors who have actively participated in the design and deployment of MOOCs from an academic point of view.

  • What best practices can be identified?
  • What are the main differences with respect to ordinary instruction?
  • What elements must be taken into consideration?
  • What where the surprises?
  • How should plagiarism be dealt with?
  • How can the effort needed be measured?
  • How should the course be prepared and how should its deployment be organized?
  • How can videos and assessment with other teaching tools be complemented?


Session E2: Experiences from the university administration

This session will include experience reports from those who are responsible for promoting, selecting, supporting, and evaluating MOOCs from the administration point of view.

  • What particular uses have been identified for MOOCs (life-long learning, remediation, Bachelor and Masters courses, new markets, marketing, on-campus students, etc.)?
  • How has the university organised internally the production of MOOCs?
  • How has the selection process been defined? What incentives have been given?
  • What pedagogical support has been set up?
  • Has the MOOC platform been integrated with other systems?
  • What alliances have been formed?
  • How were the results evaluated?
  • How can the cost of a MOOC be measured?
  • How was the MOOC strategy linked to the traditional education workflow?


Session E3: Experiences of the use of MOOC-technology for traditional education

This session will include experience reports about the use of MOOC-related educational technology in the context of traditional on-campus education.

  • How do MOOCs contribute to methodological innovation?
  • In what ways can MOOCs perform better than other learning provisions?
  • What elements of MOOCs can be used in face-to-face education?
  • What are some successful experiences of the flipped classroom?
  • And what are some unsuccessful ones?
  • Has an on-campus flipped classroom ever been combined with the deployment of a MOOC?
  • How have learning analytics been used for improving the success rate of a course?
  • Have techniques like gamification achieved greater student engagement and better learning?


Session 4, Session 5

The themes of these two sessions will emerge from the participants’ submissions.



Submissions of papers with 4 pages of length can be sent through the corresponding track of the conference management tool. See deadlines and format on the instructions and guidelines section. We favour submissions that report concrete experiences conducted in the institutions of the authors. We hope submissions will fairly account for positive and negative aspects. This track is about prospective papers on the future impact of MOOCs on academia. The best papers will be considered for inclusion in the newly launched MOOC-Forum journal.

Click here to download the guidelines for the submissions.

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

P.A.U. Education