Track Chairs

Sherif Halawa (Green Meadow Studios, United Arab Emirates)
Jeffrey Scott Cross (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Dilrukshi Gamage (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
May Kristine Jonson Carlon (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)

Call for Papers

Since their popularization in late 2011, MOOCs have grown into a global movement and a fertile ground for innovation and research, capturing the interest of both academics and industry actors, and contributing to the rise of conferences such as EMOOCs, IEEE Learning with MOOCs, and Learning @ Scale. However, despite being a global movement, US-based and EU-based MOOC initiatives have received the lion’s share of the attention on the international stage, while MOOC innovation and research from other nations and continents have been left aside. This has resulted in a very narrow view of the global MOOC ecosystem.

The international track aims to address this issue by explicitly calling for and shining a light on international contributions. We welcome submissions from all over the world, but we encourage in particular submissions from or about Latin America, Australia, Africa, or Asia. Wanting to define this track through inclusion rather than exclusion, contributions from or about other parts of the world, including the US and EU, are welcome as long as they encompass features related to equality, diversity, or inclusion. For instance, a study about the impact of language or nationality on MOOCs offered on US MOOC platforms would be a good fit for this track. Contributions in the international track of previous EMOOCs conferences include:

  • Factors driving enrollment in a French MOOC platform
  • Hybrid MOOCs enabling global collaboration
  • Intervention using MOOCs to develop Cambodian undergraduate research skills
  • Toolkit for fostering women in STEM MOOCs
  • Analyzing the current situation of MOOCs in Ecuadorian universities
  • Effect of MOOC monetization across countries of different economic status
  • Revision of a monozukuri MOOC
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) education at scale

The international track welcomes a wide variety of perspectives — from research to news, from formal studies to casual reports, and from cross-border ventures to local projects. For instance, a presentation about the peculiarities of a local MOOC platform would be a good fit for this track. But so would a data-driven analysis of MOOC trends across multiple countries. Finally, we invite contributions from stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, such as instructors, administrators, researchers, analysts, designers, technologists, or decision-makers, among others. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Global MOOC statistics & trends
  • Regional & national MOOC providers
  • Regional or national patterns in MOOC integration with job market or formal educational systems 
  • MOOC language & content localization
  • Global collaboration in MOOCs
  • Cross-border MOOC studies
  • Role of culture in MOOCs
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion in international MOOCs
  • Global MOOC policy & practices

Submission of Papers

We have extended the deadline for submissions by one week. Please make sure to submit at least a short abstract and the title of your paper by March 15, 2023. The finalized paper can be submitted by March 22, 2023.

Submission should present policies, initiatives, or projects, and their results. They are welcome to point to particular challenges and barriers that should be addressed through institutional, national, or European policies

  • Lightweight submission: up to 3 pages (presenting just projects and results), will not be published in the conference proceedings
  • Short Paper: up to 5 pages including references
  • Full paper: up to 10 pages including references

There will be official conference proceedings for this track and submissions will be handled through EasyChair. The use of the supplied template is mandatory for your paper to be published in the proceedings. Please remember to indicate the relevant track when you submit your paper.

Short and full papers must be uploaded anonymously as a pdf. Once the paper has been accepted, you will be asked to upload the un-anonymized, camera-ready version (including the Word or LaTeX sources). Lightweight submissions should not be anonymized.

Important note:
If you submit a lightweight submission, please submit it as a short paper in EasyChair (there is no extra upload function for lightweight submissions in EasyChair), but write a short note just at the beginning of the paper that it is a lightweight submission. This way you make sure that it is reviewed as a lightweight submission.

Important Dates
for all time specifications applies the “Anywhere on Earth” time zone (AoE)

  • 15th March: Deadline for submission of a short abstract and title of the paper
  • 22nd March 2023 (23:59 GMT+12 / 11:59 PM AoE): Deadline for submission of papers
  • April 2023: Notification of acceptance/rejection