MOOCs in Scandinavia Conference


The international conference on MOOCs in Scandinavia took pplace on June 11th-12th 2015 at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference was organised by a collaboration of Karolinska Institutet, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, Uppsala University and with contribution from the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS).

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MOOCs are promising to make great changes to the educational landscape, offering high quality education to anyone, anywhere – but do they provide a significant difference and innovative approach to education or is it a case of the Emperor’s new clothes?

Welcome to MOOCs in Scandinavia, a one and a half-day conference with the dialogue on the status of Massive Open Online Courses in Scandinavia in focus.

The meeting promises interesting discussions and we hope to challenge your pre-conceptions on online learning in general and MOOCs in particular. We will hear MOOC evangelists, MOOC sceptics, MOOC practitioners and we are expecting some interesting discussions about for instance MOOC practice and MOOC research.

Conference Program & Participants

Here you can download the conference program.

Download a list of participants

Download an overview of the posters showcased at the conference

Keynote speakers

Gerhard Fischer, director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design, University of Colorado, Boulder

Berit Kjeldstad, head of the Norwegian Ministry of Education’s MOOC Committee, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim

Marie Klingberg Allvin, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dalarna University

George Siemens, director of the MOOC Research Initiative, University of Texas at Arlington

Harriet Wallberg, University Chancellor and head of UKÄ, the Swedish Higher Education Authority

Abstracts and presentations

Here you can access and download the abstracts presented at the conference.

Keynote speakers

Gerhard Fischer, director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design, University of Colorado, Boulder: MOOCs and Learning in the Digital Age (abstract)

Berit Kjeldstad, head of the Norwegian Ministry of Education’s MOOC Committee, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim: MOOCs for Norway. Future perspectives

Marie Klingberg Allvin, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dalarna University: Net based education and learning to strengthen higher education in post conflict Somaliland (presentation)

George Siemens, director of the MOOC Research Initiative, University of Texas at Arlington MOOCs & Learning Sciences: Where we were. Where we are going (presentation).

Harriet Wallberg, University Chancellor and head of UKÄ, the Swedish Higher Education Authority: MOOCs in Sweden - possibilities and obstacles (presentation)

Research Track

M. Buhl & L. Birch Andreasen; Aalborg University: MOOCs beyond the c- and x-divide – the relevance of a social constructivist approach

J. Eriksson, K. von Hausswolff, J. Petersson, O. Lindeberg; Malmö Univerity: Nomadic education in localized MOOC (LOOC) (Abstract)

T. He, C. Zhu, S. Li, K. Lombaerts, R. Wang; Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Predicting University Students’ Intensions to use MOOCs in Informal Learning Environments

A. Kononowicz, A. H. Berman, N. Stathakarou,T. Bartyński, P. Nowakowski, M. Malawski, N. Zary, Karolinska InstitutetI, Jagiellonian University Medical College, ACC AGH Cyfronet, AGH University of Science and Technology: Virtual Patients in a Behavioral Medicine MOOC: Meeting the challenge of ensuring technical capacity and analyzing user navigation patterns

S. Li, K. Lombaerts, C. Zhu, T. He, R. Wang; Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Xidian University: Build Blended Learning Experiences Around MOOC: A pilot study

S. Milligan & U. Lunde Ringtved; University of Melbourne, Aalborg University: Learning to learn in MOOCs

Practice Track

E. Afsah, University of Copenhagen: Engaging Islamic Radicalisation through Education, The Challenge and Promise of Teaching Muslim Constitutional Law

M. Kvarnström, M. Hedberg, E. Ossiannilsson, L. Åbjörnsson, A. Creelman & L. Uhlin; Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Linneau University: From awareness to participation - student engagement in an online environment

M. Ljungqvist & M. Hedberg; Lund University: Developing a MOOC: it’s in the process, not just the product

V. Meland, Lillehammer University College: Lifelong Learning Web: MOOCs and professional development

N. Oertelt, Harvard University: Running Harvard’s Experimental Neuroscience MOOC: Lessons in Project Management, Public Engagement and Media Production

C. Stöhr, M. Janssen, M. Lindqvist & A. Nyström Claesson; Chalmers Technical University: Teacher roles in MOOC design processes – experiences from a Chalmers MOOC

F. Konradsen, University of Copenhagen: MOOCs at the University of Copenhagen - establishing online communities for the benefits of on-campus students (Presentation)

Conference essentials and registration

The conference will be held at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, and Uppsala University, with contribution of the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS).

Registration is now closed. (Last day to register: June 1st 2015)

Registration fees

All fees stated are excluding VAT (25%)

Registration fees By April 15th 2015 After April 15th 2015
Participant SEK 950 SEK 1500
Student/PhD SEK 350 SEK 350

Exchange rates may vary. To see current exchange rates, please visit or

Please note that the deadline date is at 24:00 hours local Swedish time.

Fees for Participants and Student/PhD include: Access to the scientific program, conference documentation, coffee and lunches according to the program and the Get Together on June 11th.

Student/PhD: Participants registered with this fee must be able to prove that they are entitled to the fee if requested by the organizers.


Payment must be made in advance of the conference.

Swedish delegates

Swedish delegates can choose to pay either by credit card or by invoice. If you choose to pay by invoice an administrative fee of SEK 100 will be added. You will receive your invoice by regular mail. If you like your invoice to be sent as a pdf attachment by e-mail, please unmark the tick box on the payment page of the registration form. VAT will be added according to Swedish legislation and routines.

Delegates from outside Sweden

  • According to Swedish and legislation and routines, VAT will be added also for delegates from outside Sweden.
  • All payments must be made in SEK (Swedish krona).
  • Payment should be made by credit card or by bank transfer.
  • Upon choice of payment method "Bank transfer" on the registration form, you will receive an invoice together with your confirmation letter, including bank transfer information such as bank account, IBAN, etc. Confirmation letter and invoice will be sent as pdf attachments by e-mail.
  • Please note that we accept the following credit cards: VISA, Master Card and American Express (Our University does not accept VISA Electron or Maestro). The Internet credit card service provider sometimes has trouble with Safari. We recommend the web browser Firefox with Mac OS.
  • We will not accept any bank charge deductions.
  • Regrettably we cannot accept payment by bank cheques or euro cheques

Cancellations and Refunds

Please send all messages regarding registration to the conference secretariat. E-mail:

Cancellation of Registration

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to Academic Conferences, the conference secretariat. Cancellation of registration will be accepted until March 11th 2015, up to which date the total amount will be refunded minus a cancellation fee of 500 SEK. We regret that no refunds or reductions of fees will be accepted for cancellations made after March 11th 2015 or for no-shows for any reasons.

Change of Name

Should you be unable to attend, you will be given the opportunity to send a colleague in your place. Please contact the conference secretariat as soon as possible. An administration fee of SEK 250 will be charged.


Conference Venue

The Conference will take place at Andreas Vesalius-Bertil lecture hall which is located within the BZ building on Karolinska Institutet’s campus in Solna. The address is Berzelius väg 3.

If you are looking for directrions, go towards the library.

Directions to Karolinska Institutet

For public transport time tables, please visit SL Journey planner. The bus stop closest to the conference venue is called "Karolinska Institutet västra"

Find your way around Karolinska Institutet


Upon arrival at Arlanda International Airport

Arlanda International Airport is located 42 km north of Stockholm Central Station.

Arlanda Express is the name of the high-speed train that operates to/from Arlanda Airport and Stockholm Central Station. Travel time: 20 minutes

Taxis leave from outside the arrivals hall. Travel time: 30 minutes.

Flygbussarna Airport Coaches operate to/from Arlanda Airport and the City Terminal (Cityterminalen), next to the Central Station in Stockholm. Buses that operate to/from Arlanda Airport and Liljeholmen stop at Karolinska Institutet’s main entrance. Travel time: 45 minutes.

Upon arrival at Bromma Airport

Stockholm-Bromma airport is located 9 km west of Stockholm Central Station.

Taxis are available directly outside the terminal building.

Flygbussarna Airport Coaches operate to/from Bromma Airport and the City Terminal (Cityterminalen), next to the Central Station in Stockholm. Travel time: 20 minutes.

Upon arrival at Skavsta Airport

Skavsta Airport is located 110 km south of Stockholm Central Station.

Taxis are available directly outside the terminal building.

Flygbussarna Airport Coaches operate to/from Skavsta Airport and the City Terminal (Cityterminalen), next to the Central Station in Stockholm. Travel time: 90 minutes.


Accommodation has been pre-booked for the conference at Elite Palace Hotel in Stockholm. You need to contact the hotel yourself to book the room. Please see contact details and booking code below. Hotel rates and available rooms can only be guaranteed if your booking is made by April 15, 2015.

Credit Card Guarantee

In order to guarantee accommodation you need to state your credit card details directly to the hotel upon booking. Please read the cancellation conditions below.

Payment Options

Accommodation must be paid directly to the hotel during your stay. You will be able to pay by credit card or cash.

Cancellation and changes

Notification of cancellation and changes must be made in writing and sent to the hotel directly. If you have booked accommodation at Elite Palace Hotel by using the booking code below: Cancellation of any hotel reservation will be accepted 4 weeks prior to arrival. If cancellation is received later than this, or in case of no-show, the hotel will charge your credit card for the whole stay reserved.

Prices and availability can only be guaranteed if booked with the code stated below.

Hotel Hotel Website Rate/room/night
including VAT and breakfast (SEK)
Elite Palace Hotel

Single: SEK 1550
Double: SEK 1750
Booking directly with the hotel by using the code 3653677. Please contact
Ph: +46 8-559 017 40

Information about hostels and other less expensive alternatives (SEK 500-SEK 1000/night)

Contact us

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