Policy track

The growth of MOOCs has helped to make institutions, IGOs, governments, accreditation organisations and societies at large more aware of the possibilities of MOOCs for open and online education in general. However, important differences remain with respect to European developments versus the American trend setters.

Different independent studies show that the uptake of MOOCs in Europe is maturing. Characteristics of the European educational system along with a multi-stakeholder involvement play an important role, at the time that the US landscape shows some limits in its business model. In general, a strong MOOC involvement of higher education institutions (HEIs) is observed, as about 45% of HEIs in Europe are having MOOCs or planning to develop MOOCs soon. However, numbers still remain unsatisfacotry, as only a few among the major public universities have shown a consistent effort in the development of MOOC platforms, thus also effecting the overall quality of European MOOC output. Moreover, differences are observed between countries caused by (the lack of) supporting policies of other regional stakeholders. Supportive policies seem to be a determinant factor in the the uptake of MOOCs at various levels. Thus enhancing the potential for a more orchestrated response at both at European and national level.

This track sessions will address the extraordinary potential of MOOCs in addressing European challenges related to the modernisation of higher education institutions as well as for coping with more general political and social issues, such as unemployment, skills mismatches, refugees and migrants’ crisis. This includes HEIs policies, supporting policies of IGOs and governments, conditions/possibilities to include MOOCs for credits in short programs and traditional degrees. There is also a growing need for additional new applications of MOOCs for K-12, high school, lifelong learning, CPD and professional training.

For the Policy Track the following topics are proposed:
–   Institutional (HEI) strategies on MOOCs (e.g., using MOOCs to increase visibility of HEI, innovate education, reaching new kind of learners, etc.)
–   Policies using MOOCs for general political and social issues (e.g., unemployment, skills mismatches, accessibility and inclusion, refugees and migrants’ crisis)
–   Strategies to include MOOCs for credits in short programs and traditional degrees (related to policies of accreditation organisation, joint programs of HEIs collaborating, policies behind program offerings of leading MOOC platform providers)
–   Supporting policies of IGOs, governments and other stakeholders (for example related to goals of civil society organisations, new applications of MOOCs for K-12, high school, lifelong learning, CPD and professional training)

General Chair

Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Track Chairs

Darco Jansen, EADTU, The Netherlands

Mauro Calise, U di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Policy Track Committee

  • David Atchoarena, UNESCO, Paris, France
  • Yves Deville, UCLouvain, Belgium
  • Jaroslav Fidrmuc, Ministry of Education, Czech Republic
  • Hannah Gore,The Open University, UK
  • Jeff Haywood, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Rune Heiberg Hansen, Danish Accreditation Institution, Denmark
  • Anne Helsdingen, Center for Digital Eduction, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Ilmari Hyvönen, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
  • Susanne Koch, Norwegian Agency for Digital Learning in Higher Education, Norway
  • Liza Kozlowska, Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), Netherlands/Flanders
  • José Manuel Martins Ferreira,Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Yves Punie, IPTS-JRC Seville, Spain
  • Daniel Sebastian Larsen, Danish Accreditation Institution, Denmark

Submission of Papers

Experts and policy makers of these various stakeholders are invited to contact the Policy track chairs for possible contributions. Please submit a policy paper using this policy paper template by 9 March 2017 at latest. These policy papers will be reviewed by the policy track Committee and will be published in the online proceedings of EMOOCs2017. See dates and deadlines of the time schedule of the conference.

Submissions will be handled through EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=emoocs2017). When submitting the paper, please indicate its track in the submission process.

09 Mar 2017: Paper submissions for Policy Track.
11 Apr 2017: Notification of acceptance/rejection
06 May 2017: Camera-ready versions for online Proceedings