Conference Organizers


George Siemens, Program Chair

George Siemens researches technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington and cross-appointed with the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. Dr. Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research ( He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He blogs at and on Twitter: gsiemens


Vincent Price, General Chair

Vincent Price is Provost of the University of Pennsylvania and Steven H. Chaffee Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication.  As the University’s Chief Academic Officer, he has advanced initiatives to diversify the faculty, expand Penn’s global presence, enhance arts and culture, facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching, and develop new forms of teaching and learning both on campus and online.  A scholar of public opinion, social influence and political communication, he is former editor-in-chief of Public Opinion Quarterly, and his work has been widely cited, published in six languages, and taught in courses around the world.  The recipient of a number of awards for teaching and research, Price formerly served on the faculty of the University of Michigan, has been a visiting scholar at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Amsterdam, and has delivered more than 100 presentations at universities and colloquia around the world.  


Stanton Wortham, Co-General Chair

Stanton Wortham is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  He serves as Faculty Director of the Penn Online Learning Initiative, positioning the university to deliver academic content at a distance and helping Penn faculty adopt digital technologies to improve both virtual and face to face teaching. His research applies techniques from linguistic anthropology to study interaction, learning and identity development in classrooms and organizations. He has been named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Distinguished Fellow by the W.T. Grant Foundation. He has received the American Educational Research Association Cattell Early Career Research Award and the University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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Vitomir Kovanovic, Co-Program Chair

Vitomir Kovanovic is a Ph.D. student and research assistant at School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and a research assistant at the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at the University of Texas, Arlington. Vitomir’s research is in the area of Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining focuses on the development of novel learning analytics methods based on the trace data collected by learning management systems and their use to improve inquiry-based online education. He authored and co-authored several book chapters, conference papers, and journal articles. Vitomir is a recipient of two best paper awards (LAK15 and HERDSA15 conferences) and scholarships by the Serbian ministry of Education, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Edinburgh.


Catherine Spann, Co-Program Chair

Catherine Spann is a researcher in the Department of Psychology and the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research focuses on cognitive and affective regulation in human learning and development. She investigates the influence of various emotional states on the learning process, with an emphasis on the role of contemplative practices during learning including topics such as mindfulness, self-compassion, gratitude, and empathy. Her work explores the importance of social and affective attributes in learner success and well-being. Currently, she evaluates the use of wearable and biometric devices in improving our understanding of the affective experiences of individual learners and where opportunities exist for prevention, rather than only intervention.

Program Committee

Ryan Baker (University of Pennsylvania)
Amy Bennett (University of Pennsylvania)
Norman Bier (Carnegie Mellon University)
ChristopherBrooks (University of Michigan)
Bodong Chen (University of Minnesota)
Marie Cini (University of Maryland University College)
Eamon Costello (Dublin City University)
Shane Dawson (University of South Australia)
Tanja de Bie (Leiden University)
Carlos Delgado Kloos (Universidad Carlos)
Sidney D'Mello (University of Notre Dame)
Nia Dowell (University of Memphis)
Rebecca Ferguson (The Open University)
Douglas Fisher (Vanderbilt    University)    
Dragan Gasevic (University of Edinburgh)
Art Graesser (University of Memphis)
Anatoliy Gruzd (Ryerson University)    
Thieme Hennis (Delft University of Technology)
Fiona Hollands (Columbia University)    
Cassandra Horii (California Institute of Technology)
Pedro J. Muñoz Merino (Carlos III University of Madrid)
Maria Janelli (American Museum of Natural History)




Steering Committee

Anant Agarwal, EdX, MIT
Saman Amarasinghe, MIT
Barbara Chow, Hewlett Foundation
Armando Fox, UC Berkeley
Jeff Haywood, University of Edinburgh
Daphne Koller, Coursera
Daniela Rus, MIT
Sebastian Thrun, Udacity



Srecko Joksimovic (University of Edinburgh)                
Jelena Jovanovic (University of Belgrade)                
Rene Kizilcec (Stanford University)                    
Simon Knight (University of Technology Sydney)            
Jeremy Knox (University of Edinburgh)                
Rita Kop (Yorkville University)                    
Barbara Means (SRI International)                    
Robert Miller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)            
Carin Nuernberg (Berklee College of Music)            
Lynne O'Brien (Duke University)                    
Luc Paquette (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)        
Abelardo Pardo (University of Sydney)            
TC Pong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Jose Rafael Rojano Caceres (Universidad Veracruzana)            
Justin Reich (Harvard University)                    
Ido Roll (University of British Columbia)            
Cristobal Romero (University of Cordoba)                
Carolyn Rose (Carnegie Mellon University)                
Jen Ross (University of Edinburgh)                
Emily Schneider (Stanford University)                    
Oleksandra  Skrypnyk Poquet (University of South Australia)        
Bonnie Stewart (University of Prince Edward Island)        



Previous Learning with MOOCs Programs:

Learning with MOOCs 2014

Learning with MOOCs 2015