FutureLearn Academic Network – Call for Papers

The next FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) meeting will take place online on Thursday 17th February 2022 between 14:00pm and 17:00pm GMT/UTC. It will be hosted by Dublin City University and hosted through Zoom. 

The theme of the meeting will be…

Micro-credentials: Moving from the Canvas to the Concrete’.

There is a growing expectancy over the role micro-credentials may play in the future. Recent European Council recommendations have firmly put micro-credentials and lifelong learning on the education and training agenda in Europe. The narrative, however, is largely anecdotal and evidence of the purported benefits and the successful implementation of micro-credentials remains limited. You can view a comprehensive collection of the published literature in this area in the Micro-credential Observatory.

We invite researchers, PhD students, course developers and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations on MOOC-based approaches to micro-credentials, focusing in particular on innovative approaches to implementation and evaluation.

Please send a brief abstract (100 words) to elaine.beirne@dcu.ie by Friday 4th February 2022.

If you have not been involved in FLAN before, the organisation was established in 2013 in order to connect staff and students, based at FutureLearn partner institutions, share research and explore shared research opportunities. These include joint research bids and publications, comparative studies using shared FutureLearn data, course designs, and methods to analyse and evaluate courses.

Attendance at FLAN events is free for those from FutureLearn partner institutions. It is an opportunity to catch up with research into FutureLearn and MOOCs more generally, and to talk informally with colleagues from other FutureLearn partner organisations. FLAN also hosts a closed Facebook Group to exchange ideas and propose themes. Contact rebecca.ferguson@open.ac.uk to join the Facebook group.

If you would like to attend via Zoom, please email flan@futurelearn.com (you can forward this email to others too).  

The event will be recorded, and recordings posted on the FutureLearn Partner Site together with any slides/papers etc for those who cannot make it. We look forward to your participation at FLAN this February.