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MOOC conference brings together international experts around digital learning for disadvantaged communities

This conference and workshop brought together three different experts and areas of expertise, namely insights into the situation of refugees, the learning of languages and the design of MOOCs.

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This conference and workshop brought together three different experts and areas of expertise, namely insights into the situation of refugees, the learning of languages and the design of MOOCs. The video below gives an insight into the event.

Massive open online courses (MOOCS), have become widely popular and wildly successful as ways of delivering interactive and media-rich courses to very large numbers of students across a variety of subjects. Whilst the established platforms such as FutureLearn, edX, Coursera and Udemy get most of the publicity and enrolments, it is possible to reach specialist audiences, for example refugees, non-traditional students or language learners, with a MOOC approach but using a more flexible, cost-effective and participative technologies.

This Erasmus+ multiplier event took place on Wednesday 27th March 2019 as part of the MOONLITE project, which is based around harnessing the potential of MOOCs for refugees and migrants to build skills for employment, education, and inclusion.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Designing MOOCs for language learning

Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, of the Open University spoke about the design of MOOCs for language learning and about a range of Open University projects. Download the slides for this presentation.

Online learning for refugees

Gabi Witthaus, from the University of Birmingham and Art of E-learning with Marwa Belghazi, of the Refugee Resettlement Service spoke about designing open, online learning with and for refugees with a novel dialogic presentation. View Gabi’s blog post about this presentation including slides. You can listen to the full presentation below.

Early experiences of MOOCs

Dr Inge de Waard, of InnoEnergy talked about the experience of designing MobiMOOC, an early free community MOOC that attracted hundreds of participants. You can view the presentation below, as well as a blog post by Inge about the event and her presentation, including slides.

MOOC design workshop

In the afternoon, Professor John Traxler ran a short design workshop, excerpted from a much longer and comprehensive process, drawing attention to the range of factors that constrain the ‘design space’, the levels of designs and their various forms of representation and some of the heuristics that help navigate the ‘design space’.

Photos from the event

MOOC conference speakers

You can view the full photo album for this event at Google photos.