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EMOOCs 2023 Conference: Call for Papers

In 2023, EMOOCs returns to an in-person modality. It will take place at HPI, in beautiful Potsdam, Germany.

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The eighth edition of EMOOCs, the European MOOCs stakeholder summer, will take place at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), in Potsdam, Germany, on June 14–16, 2023.

The conference is dedicated to massive open online courses, from ideation to delivery to evaluation. This edition takes a particular interest in the pandemic’s long-lasting impact on MOOCs — most notably, regarding the role moving forward of online education within traditional education.

In 2021, the event was already set to take place at HPI but had to be moved online due to the pandemic. 2023 will mark the return to an in-person conference, though limited online participation will also be possible.

The call for papers has been published. Submissions close on March 15, 2023.


While the detailed agenda has yet to be determined, the conference will include keynotes, lightning talks, panel discussions, and interactive workshops.

In 2023, the conference sessions will be broken down into five tracks:

  • Business, focusing on MOOCs’ place in the enterprise world — most notably, how they may support workforce training and reskilling, and long-term business sustainability.
  • International, focusing on MOOCs on the global stage, with a particular interest for MOOC projects and initiatives rooted in Latin America, Australian, Africa, and Asia.
  • Policy, focusing on the political and societal issues surrounding MOOCs, such as how policy design may support MOOC development with a view to benefiting the greater number.
  • Research & Experience, focusing on the academic and practitioner perspective on MOOCs regarding topics such as instructional design, best use of technology, and outcome analysis.
  • Workshops, focusing on MOOC processes, operations, and know-how, through an interactive, participatory approach.

The conference will also be an opportunity to network. A poster session and social activities will facilitate discussion between participants.

Once released, you’ll be able to find the full conference program here.

Call for Papers

The conference welcomes submissions on a wide variety of MOOC-related topics. This editions has three focal points:

  • The long-lasting impact of the pandemic on online education. COVID prompted a global move to online education. As a result, many people who’d never tried online learning before are now familiar with it. So now seems like a good time for a debrief. What was the impact of the pandemic on MOOCs and vice versa, and now that the pandemic impetus on online education has abated, what should be the role of MOOCs moving forward?
  • The normalization of online education as part of regular education. Be it through the popularization of blended learning or the multiplication of MOOC-based online degrees over the last decade, the line between traditional education and online education has been getting blurrier. What should we expect next in this progression, and how do we get there?
  • The global cooperation around MOOCs. MOOCs are inherently a global phenomenon that calls for international cooperation. What are some of the promising MOOC projects underway, and how can their development be facilitated through cooperation?

Papers should be submitted in one of the five tracks, and they may take the forum of lightweight proposals, short papers, full research papers, or workshop proposals. The conference welcomes the perspectives of many stakeholders, including educators, researchers, technologists, and decision-makers.

The deadline for submitting a paper is March 15, 2023. You can find the full call for papers here.

Class Central is a media partner of EMOOCs 2023

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Manoel Cortes Mendez

Software engineer and online graduate student in computer science passionate about education, technology, and their intersection.

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