Learning with MOOCS

Upcoming: LWMOOCS VIII 2022, 29–30 September, 2022, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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LWMOOCs is a respected international forum to collaborate, share, network, learn, and display the latest advances in MOOCs. This IEEE conference provides academic and industry professionals the opportunity to discuss research into MOOC technologies as well as the practical aspects of creating and offering MOOCs to diverse worldwide audiences.

The LWMOOCS technical program is designed to maximize time for discussion and participation. It uses a single-track threaded with active-learning workshops, a multi-hour poster session where all accepted papers are presented, and short lighting-round paper sessions where all accepted papers are presented in 5-10 minute time slots. Paper sessions also include invited expert talks and keynote presentations from industry and academia leaders.

The conference accepts submissions from a variety of MOOC disciplines and topics. Submissions range from technical research papers to hands-on and implementation focused contributions. All submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed and all papers presented during the conference will be published as a conference proceedings given to registered attendees. Accepted and presented papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements.

The IEEE Education Society encourages and strongly supports global participation and cooperation in engineering and computer science education. It hosts LWMOOCS in the United States of America in odd years and elsewhere in the world during even years. This approach ensures that a high-quality MOOC conference is available nearby regardless of where a participant might live in the world.

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LWMOOCS Steering Committee

  • Russ Meier, MSoE, USA, chair
  • Anant Agarwal, edX, USA, past chair and Permanent LWMOOCS Steering Committee Life Member
  • Manuel Castro, UNED, Spain, past chair
  • Melany Ciampi, IEEE Education Society Vice-President on IEEE Conferences
  • Jeffrey Cross, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Carlos Delgado-Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Armando Fox, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Rocael Hernandez, Galileo University, Guatemala
  • David Joyner, GIT, USA
  • Barbara Oakley, Oakland University, USA
  • Jose A. Ruiperez-Valiente, MIT, USA
  • Jessica G. Sandland, MIT, USA
  • Dhawal Shah, class-central.com
  • Jim Sluss, University of Oklahoma - Tulsa, USA
  • Mary Ellen Wiltrout, MIT, USA

Past Steering Committee members

  • Saman Amarasinghe, MIT, USA
  • Jeff Haywood, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Daphne Koller, Coursera, USA
  • Justin Reich, MIT, USA
  • Daniela Rus, MIT, USA
  • George Siemens, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Sebastian Thrun, Stanford University, Udacity, USA

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Past Conferences

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala


  • Rocael Hernández Rizzardini, GES, Galileo University, Guatemala


  • Carla Padrel de Oliveira, Rector, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • David Joyner, Executive Director of Online Education & OMSCS, Georgia Tech's College of Computing, USA
  • Dan Garcia, Teaching Professor, UC Berkeley, USA


LWMOOCS 2020 Award Winners




ISBN: 978-1-7281-9728-9
Link: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/9234307/proceeding

Milwaukee, WI, USA


  • Russ Meier, IEEE Education Society, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), USA


  • Kerrie Douglas, Assistant Professor, Purdue University, USA
  • Zachary A. Pardos, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Kristina Wilson, Learning Developer, Fox Valley Technical College System, USA
  • Bonnie Tomlin, Learning Developer, Fox Valley Technical College System, USA
  • K. Holly Shiflett, PhD, Director, North American Partnerships, FutureLearn, USA/UK
  • Carina S. González, Assistant Professor, Universidad de La Laguna/Open University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Miguel Amigot, Chief Technology Officer, IBL Education, USA


LWMOOCS 2019 Award Winners




ISBN: 978-1-7281-2549-7
Link: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/8932638/proceeding

LWMOOCS V – 2018
UNED, Madrid, Spain


  • Manuel Castro, UNED, Madrid, Spain
  • Edmundo Tovar, UPM, Madrid, Spain


  • Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX
  • Matt Tearle, Principle Training Content Developer, Training Services, MathWorks
  • Simon Nelson, CEO, FutureLearn
  • Zvi Galil, Dean, Georgia Tech
  • Jamie Merisotis, CEO, Lumina Foundation
  • Barbara Oakley, Professor, Oakland University




ISBN: 978-1-5386-6533-6
Link: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=8515682

The University of Texas at Austin


  • Carolyn Rose, Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute Language Technologies Institute, CMU
  • Anne Trumbore, Senior Director, Wharton Online at The Wharton School
  • Harrison Keller, Deputy to the President, for Strategy & Policy


  • Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX



University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA


  • George Siemens, Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas
  • Vincent Price, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania and Steven H. Chaffee Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication


  • Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
  • Angela Duckworth, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania



Columbia University & Teachers College, New York City, USA


  • Maurice Matiz, CTL, Columbia University (General Chair)
  • Peter B. Kaufman, CTL, Columbia University (General Chair)
  • George Schuessler, Teachers College, Columbia University (General Co-Chair)
  • Ryan Baker, Learning Analytics, Teachers College (Program Chair)
  • Dragan Gasevic, University of Edinburgh (Program Chair)
  • Elle Yuan Wang, Teachers College, Columbia University (Program Co-Chair)


  • George Siemens, University of Texas, Arlington, USA (Opening Keynote)
  • Mike Sharples, Open University, UK (Keynote Address)



LWMOOCS I – 2014
Cambridge, MA, USA


  • Saman Amarasinghe, MIT (General Chair)
  • Candace Thille, Stanford (Program Chair)
  • Ross Strader, Stanford (Co-Program Chair)


  • Susan Singer, National Science Foundation
  • Cathy Casserly, Hewlett Foundation
  • Richard Clark, University of Southern California




Meritorious Service Award

This prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the administrative and management efforts for the conference.

  • Prize: Plaque and Certificate
  • Funding: Funded by the IEEE Education Society
  • Eligibility: Must be a member of the IEEE and preferably a member of the IEEE Education Society
  • Basis for Judging: Dedication, effort and contributions to the conference as judged by the conference Steering Committee members
  • Presentation: Opening Ceremony of the annual conference

Best Paper Awards

Best Paper Awards from the technical program are given to both students (Best Student Paper) and non-student presenters (Best Paper):

  • Prize: Certificate
  • Eligibility: Authors of presented submissions in the technical program
  • Basis for Judging: Review results and session chair evaluation of the quality, originality, and attractiveness of the conference presentation
  • Presentation: Closing Ceremony of the annual conference.

Best Lightning Speaker Award

The Best Lightning Speaker Award is awarded for outstanding presentation by one of the invited Lightning Speakers.

  • Prize: Certificate.
  • Eligibility: Invited Lightning Speakers
  • Basis for Judging: Voting by the conference participants evaluating the quality, originality, and attractiveness of the conference presentation
  • Presentation: Closing Ceremony of the annual conference

Award Winners

The winners of these awards are to be found on the respective conference website.



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