MOOC Research Summit

Bart Pursel Headshot

Originally Held: February 10, 2014

Teaching and Learning with Technology, the World Campus, and the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) are co-sponsoring a MOOC Research Summit Monday, February 10th, from 10:30AM to 4:30PM. The morning will begin with a COIL Fisher Series talk with Curt Bonk, Professor of IST from Indiana University.  The afternoon will include an overview of available MOOC data, current MOOC research projects, and networking opportunities.

The goals of the Summit include:
– Stimulating research in MOOCs
– Connecting researchers with similar interests
– Creating a network of researchers to help us explore this emerging online learning model

MOOC Research Summit Agenda
Monday, February 10th

10:30am – 11:30am:  COIL Fischer Series
Curt Bonk will be joining us virtually to talk about his perspectives on MOOC research. Curt is a professor of IST at Indiana University, and a prolific author and speaker (

11:30am – 1:00pm: Break

1:00pm – 1:15pm: Context Setting for the Day

1:15pm – 1:45pm: MOOCs and the Future of Higher Education  (Kyle Peck)

1:45pm – 2:45pm: Research Perspectives from PSU’s MOOC Teams (Anthony Robinson, Matt Ferrari, Gary Chinn)

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Current MOOC Datasets (Bart Pursel)

3:00pm – 3:15pm: Break

3:15pm – 4:30pm: Research Brief Sessions

  • Anthony Robinson – Geocoding forum data
  • Heng Patrick Luo – Peer assessment in MOOCs
  • Deborah Goins – Credibility Index for peer assessment in MOOCs
  • Larry Ragan – MOOC Institutional Impact Research
  • Bart Pursel – Predictors of student success in MOOCs
  • Rick Shearer, Andrea Gregg and K.P. Joo – Transactional Distance Theory and MOOCs
  • Sarah Stager – Peer assessment in MOOCs
  • Michael Marcinkowski – Course design and instructor interactions in MOOCs
  • Conrad Tucker – Sentiment Analysis in MOOCs

4:30pm: Wrap-up, how do we continue momentum and keep the dialog open? (Larry Ragan)


  1. Adejare AMOO

    This is a great innovative assembly. It will be beneficial to all stakeholders in educational technology development world wide. Advise me on the basis of West African Time Zone, please.
    Best wishes. Adejare AMOO

  2. Brad Zdenek

    I believe West African time is 6 hours ahead of the Eastern Standard Time used throughout the agenda above. We would be happy to have you participate live or we will also be posing a recording of most sessions on this website by Friday 2/14/2014.


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