About the Conference

The phenomena of massive open online courses has had made a significant impact on the higher education landscape worldwide. It has been a major driver for learning innovation, helping disseminate open educational practices and online learning. To date, over 800 universities around the world have launched at least one MOOC. This phenomenon has generated an important new trend in online education which brings major challenges for policy, research, pedagogy, technology and institutional organization.
This symposium aims at presenting a state of the art of the MOOC phenomena. It will be a platform for sharing results from ongoing research and discussing institutional experiences, focusing on particular in Europe and Latin America. We invite researchers, technologists, course designers and learners from universities, public administration, ONGs and industry to share their approaches and perspectives on key topics, including learning design, accessibility, learning support and personalisation, analytics, assessment, gamification and badges, open licensing, certification, and quality standards. The programme of the event has tracks in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
The event is organised by the MOOC-Maker consortium in the framework of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Universidade Aberta, the open university of Portugal, with the collaboration of the MOOQ project. The initiative is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme – European Union. This symposium has gathered an impressive selection of speakers who are world-renown actors in the field of open education research and practice. They will be joined by political decision-makers, institutional leaders, experienced researchers, technologists, designers and teachers, employers, and learners. The MOOC Maker Global Symposium – MOOC Lx 18, gives you the opportunity to join them in discussing the emergent new trends of educational innovation and how MOOCs are contributing to widen participation in higher education and improving the learning experience.


Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) (Portuguese: Lisboa) is the capital city of Portugal, Europe’s westernmost one. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the Lisbon is one of the rare major European cities that faces the ocean and uses water as an element that defines it. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon has enchanted travellers throughout the centuries with its white-bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, rich historical heritage and an easy-going charm that makes it a popular year-round destination.
But, Lisbon is also the major political and cultural centre of Portugal, as well as one of the major economic centres on the continent, occupying the 32nd place of the highest gross earnings in the world. In addition, the city is on the Top 10 of the most-visited cities in Southern Europe, with over 3 million tourists in 2017.
The MOOC-Maker Global Symposium – MOOC Lx 18, will be held at the Belém Cultural Centre (Praça do Império,1449-003 Lisboa, Portugal – see Google maps). Located between Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, the CCB Conference Centre is a unique space which combines professional activity with the excellence of an intense cultural life of high prestige (visit venue website). It has held many major events since its inauguration in the mid 1990’s. The event will be taking place at rooms Fernando Pessoa and Glicínia Quartin.

Universidade Aberta

Established in 1988, Universidade Aberta (UAb) is the single public distance education university in Portugal. Due to its purpose, UAb uses comprehensively, in its teaching activities, the most advanced technologies and methods of Distance Learning, without geographical borders or physical barriers, and giving special emphasis to the expansion of the Portuguese language and culture within the Lusophony space (migrant communities and Portuguese speaking countries). In this context, UAb offers higher education anywhere in the world (Undergraduate, Master and Doctorate degrees) and Lifelong Learning study programs. Since 2008 that all programs are taught in eLearning mode, the year that UAb became an European institution of reference in the area of advanced eLearning and online learning through the recognition of its exclusive Virtual Pedagogical Model.
In 2010, UAb has been awarded the Prize EFQUEL by the European Foundation for Quality in Elearning and certified with the UNIQUe Quality Label for the use of ICT in Higher Education (Universities and Institutes). In the same year, UAb was also qualified by an international panel of independent experts as the reference institution for teaching in eLearning system in Portugal.
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