Digital Pedagogy and MOOCification

4:00pm - 5:30pm EST February 26, 2013

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians and others from the NITLE Network who are interested in digital pedagogy, curious about MOOCs, and invested in collaborative learning to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EST)

During this seminar, we will discuss the viability of MOOCs as a pedagogical mode, especially at small undergraduate institutions. The central questions:

  1. How do MOOCs disrupt the traditional curriculums, economies, and power dynamics of higher ed.?
  2. How do we measure success within a MOOC?
  3. What are the various pedagogies of MOOCs (play, experimentation, active learning)? Can these pedagogies be equally successful in various disciplines (humanities, sciences, etc.)?
  4. How do we build community within and between MOOCs? And how do we make connections between online and in-person, formal and informal, learning communities?

Even if we don’t agree that the MOOC can be a viable educational form, can we outline useful pedagogical practices that MOOCs inspire? Seminar leaders Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris define MOOCification as “a pedagogical approach inspired by MOOCs that is unleashed in an otherwise closed or small-format course.” This seminar will aim to investigate the techniques that MOOCs point toward and that can be used in on-ground, hybrid, and online classrooms, no matter the scale.

The last 30 minutes will include an interactive experiment that takes participants out into the web, in a sense, bringing the seminar into the MOOC space.

Recommended Reading

Together, the facilitators – Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris – designed and facilitated MOOC MOOC in August of 2012 and January of 2013. MOOC MOOC is a mini-MOOC, a meta-MOOC, a MOOC about MOOCs. The course investigates the form of the MOOC in a playful way with an eye toward adapting its pedagogies for other learning environments.

  • Jesse Stommel is the Director of English and Digital Humanities at Marylhurst University. He is also the Director of Hybrid Pedagogy. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Ph.D. in English and recently finished a fellowship in digital pedagogy at Georgia Tech. He specializes in digital pedagogy, open education, and digital humanities. (@Jessifer)
  • Sean Michael Morris is a part-time faculty member for Marylhurst University and Manager of Educational Outreach for Hybrid Pedagogy. His work focuses on contemplative pedagogy in digital environments, specializing in the blending of analog and digital pedagogies with an eye toward creative disruption and invention. (@slamteacher)
Event Hashtag

Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this event’s hashtag: #moocmooc.


Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)

This seminar, “Digital Pedagogy and MOOCification,” has also been designated an open-house event for institutions considering membership in the NITLE Network. Non-member institutions are invited to register interested faculty and staff for this event free of charge.


For more information on this event, please contact Rebecca Davis at

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