HybridEd Workshop 2018: Successful and Promising Experiences in Blended Learning with MOOCs

MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 21 June 2018

Workshop Theme

Blended Learning (BL) has gained considerable attention and debate within the education community, particularly in Higher Education (HE) [1]. BL (or hybrid learning or flipped classroom) has been proposed as as an effective and low-risk strategy to blend online with face-to-face learning in HE and other educational levels [1], [2]. Although different authors have described varied approaches in how this blend occurs [3], [4], [5], promising BL models have remained undocumented.  

Prior efforts have been made to organize BL practices based on MOOCs in a framework called H-MOOC, since HE institutions have started to\use their MOOC materials in hybrid learning initiatives implemented as traditional courses with face-to-face meetings [4]. The H-MOOC framework classifies these practices as a continuum of two factors: (1) institutional support to reuse an existing MOOC, and (2) curricular content alignment between the MOOC and the program or course to blend. In STEM education, different blended approaches have been adopted to avoid the traditional lecture and stimulate student interest and engagement with online course material [6]. There is some evidence that BL contributes to improved course outcomes and attendance in face-to-face classes [1]. However, more information is needed in what makes a BL practice successful.

In this context, the goal of this workshop is to promote the documentation of successful and promising experiences in BL. The workshop will encourage attendees to share their BL scenarios and the metrics for success that guided their blended educational practices using MOOCs or other online resources as well as share the lessons learned from those promising practices that did not turn out as expected. The Program Committee will provide inspiring talks and participatory activities based on the H-MOOC framework and recent research findings [4].

In summary, we aim to document and sustain BL experiences with MOOCs.

Call for Papers

Please submit a two-page document (in LNCS format) as an extended abstract reporting about a successful or promising (not necessarily successful) experience on using MOOCs for Blended Learning pedagogies in higher education and other domains (secondary education, vocational training, lifelong learning, among others). The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Documenting successful Blended Learning experiences using MOOCs, highlighting  design decisions and metrics for success.
  • Documenting promising Blended Learning experiences using MOOCs, highlighting lessons learned.
  • Documenting “unsuccessful” Blended Learning experiences using MOOCs or other online resources, highlighting lessons learned.
  • Research on Blended Learning Assessment and Evaluation.

Submit your contribution via the EasyChair system.

Important Dates

  • Submissions deadline: 20 April 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2018
  • Workshop: 21 June 2018

Papers presented at the workshop session might be selected to be published afterwards in a book. This workshop will be held in the same week as the LINC 2018 conference and just after it.


  • David E. Pritchard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mary Ellen Wiltrout, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Saif Rayyan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Isabel Hilliger, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Carlos Delgado-Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain