HybridEd Workshop: MOOC-based Models for Hybrid Pedagogies

Toledo, Spain, 18 September 2015, in conjunction with EC-TEL 2015

Since the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) phenomenon started to take off, Higher Education (HE) institutions have been facing a revolution. This revolution is challenging, not only HE business models, but also the established teaching and learning models. Although many scholars have seen MOOCs as a threat, others see in these courses an opportunity to propose and explore new models to transform residential education. These MOOC-based models propose hybrid pedagogies, such as flipped classrooms or blended learning, that benefit from the strengths of both online and face-to-face learning. However, and despite the fact that there are already studies reporting the promising results about the benefits of these MOOC-based hybrid pedagogies, the number of cases reported in the literature is still small. Moreover, more of these cases still need to be defined to help researchers, scholars, and institutional policy makers exploit the affordances of MOOC technologies, pedagogies, and formats to enhance on-campus education. Participants from the different domains and roles (students, scholars, researchers, or decision-makers) are welcome to participate in the workshop. In this workshop, we will follow up on the discussion about innovative MOOC-based models for hybrid pedagogies that has just started. The idea is to offer an open space for sharing and learning about the experiences of the different participants in order to identify the variety of models that have been investigated and propose a taxonomy of concepts that could serve as a reference to others. Contributions on any topic related with MOOC-based models for hybrid pedagogies are welcome:

  • Case studies on MOOC-based models for hybrid pedagogies
  • Theoretical approaches of MOOC-based models for hybrid pedagogies
  • Methodological approaches for implementing MOOC-based models for hybrid pedagogies
  • Metrics for measure the impact of hybrid pedagogies based on MOOCs
  • Challenges that institutions are facing to incorporate MOOCs as part of their curriculum in any context (Higher, Secondary or Primary Education, but also workplace learning)
  • Institutional approaches and policies for the integration of hybrid pedagogies based on MOOCs

The following list of questions regarding MOOC-based hybrid pedagogies might serve as a guidelines for contributors:

  • What MOOC-based hybrid pedagogies are more effective and for what learning contexts?
  • In what learning contexts (HE, vocational learning, lifelong learning…) are these MOOC-based hybrid models applicable?
  • How can existing MOOC-based models be replicated into different contexts?
  • How are these MOOC-based models blending the technology and the physical contact?
  • What methodological approaches and metrics should be used to measure the impact of these initiatives?



Carlos Delgado Kloos (UC3M, Spain): Introduction to the Workshop

14:45-15:15 David Pritchard (MIT, USA): Keynote talk

A Blended Pedagogy for Expert Problem Solving

In today’s world, declarative and procedural knowledge are free for the learning on the internet. More than ever, on-campus learning should impart strategic and expert knowledge. Our “Modeling Applied to Problem Solving” pedagogy for Newtonian Mechanics concentrates on strategic knowledge, helping students learn which concepts to apply to a given problem. Declarative and Procedural syllabus content is learned and organized as five Core Models via an online textbook, checkpoint questions, and homework. Class activities include applying the models to multi-concept multi-stage problems, discussing simple “touchstone problems”, and classifying problems by physical principle. The course generated 1.2 standard deviation improvement in the students’ ability to solve MIT final exam problems, a significant positive shift in 7 of the 9 categories in the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey, and an improvement of 0.5 standard deviation in students’ exam grades in the following physics course (in Electricity and Magnetism, not Mechanics).


Session 1 (Session chair: Armando Fox)


Panel session 1: Experiences

  • Moderator: Saif Rayyan (MIT, USA)
  • Panelists: Armando Fox (UC Berkeley, USA), Lorena Barba (George Washington U, USA), Eddie Maloney (Georgetown U, USA)
17:00-17:15 Break

Session 2 (Session chair: Lorena Barba)


Panel session 2: Institutional decisions

  • Moderator: Carlos Alario-Hoyos (UC3M, Spain)
  • Panelists: Mar Pérez-Sanagustín (PUC Chile, Chile), Ella Hamonic (UC Louvain, Belgium), Davinia Hernández-Leo (U Pompeu Fabra, Spain)


Register now for the HybridEd workshop. If you are not registered for the EC-TEL 2015 conference then you would need to buy a “Workshop Daily Ticket” to attend this workshop.


Hotel Beatriz, Toledo, Spain

Call for Papers

This is a half-day Workshop that will held on 18 September 2015 within the 10th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning. The papers will be discussed in the following format:

  • 5-8 minute presentations about cases on MOOC-based model for hybrid pedagogies.
  • Discussion in small groups about common aspects and differences between the models presented.
  • General discussion about taxonomies for MOOC-based models for hybrid pedagogies, implementations guidelines and methodological approaches and mechanisms for measuring their impact.

Participants are expected to produce a 2 to 4 pages document in LNCS format reporting cases of MOOC-based hybrid pedagogies in different domains (vocational training, lifelong learning, higher education or secondary education). All the submissions will go through a blind review process by, at least, two of the members of the committee. The best papers presented at the workshop as well as the ideas discussed there will be invited to send their contributions to a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies journal (ISI). Papers should be submitted via Easychair until 15 June 2015 through the following URL: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hybrided2015

Important Dates

  • Submissions: 15 June 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2015
  • Camera-ready versions: 15 July 2015
  • Workshop: 18 September 2015


Workshop Chairs

  • Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Carlos Alario-Hoyos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Saif Rayyan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Programme Committee

  • Lorena Barba, George Washington University, USA
  • Simon Bates, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • David Cormier, University Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Iria Estévez-Ayres, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Armando Fox, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Colin Fredericks, University of Harvard, USA
  • Bennet Goldberg, University of Boston, USA
  • Ella Hamonic, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Davinia Hernández-Leo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Patrick Jermann, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Irwin King, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Edward Maloney, University of Georgetown, USA
  • Max de Mendizábal, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
  • Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Andreina Parisi Amon, Coursera, USA
  • TC Pong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Mike Sharples, Open University, UK
  • Chris Terman, edX, USA
  • Mary Ellen Wiltrout, Massachusets Institute of Technology, USA
  • Judith Zubieta García, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México


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