CIDER Session – November 1 2017: Conceptualizing Formal and Informal Learning in MOOCs as Activity Systems

We invite you to the second session of the 2017-18 CIDER Sessions season on November 1, 2017. This free, online session will feature Dr. Kathlyn Bradshaw of Algonquin College.

Title: Conceptualizing Formal and Informal Learning in MOOCs as Activity Systems

This CIDER session considers formal and informal learning activities in massive open online courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are often broadly positioned as either cMOOCs (based on connectivistic pedagogies) or xMOOCs (based on cognitivistic/behaviouristic pedagogies). This presentation provides findings from an in situ case study – examining an emergent, hybrid MOOC design – focused on establishing the presence of both formal and informal learning activities in a network-based hybrid approach to MOOC design. The establishment of these two activity systems extended to include opportunities for boundary crossings between them. An outcome is a cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT)-informed model that extends commonly used and recognized MOOC typologies.

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:

Open call: There are still a few spots open for the 2017-18 season. Researchers who would like to share recent work with our CIDER audience can send a note of interest to

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

International Conference on Advancements in Social, Business and Management Sciences Research (ASBMSR-2018) call for papers

GI Social Sciences Forum ( invites scholars to submit their papers/research articles  in  a specialized social science conference
International Conference on Advancements in Social, Business and Management Sciences Research (ASBMSR-2018)
Conference Date: February 01-02, 2018
Abstract Submission Date: January 05, 2018
Venue: TKP Conference Center, Ichigaya, Tokyo, Japan
Submit Manuscript to:
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Conference Tracks:
Track1: Social and Community Studies Track2: Arts
Track 3: Humanities Track 4: Civic and Political Studies
Track 5: Cultural & Global Studies Track 6: Environmental Studies
Track 7: Organizational Studies Track 8: Educational and Communication Studies
Track 9: Economics, Finance & Accounting
Track 10: Business and Management Studies
Accepted papers will be considered for publication in associated journals of this conference.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abbas (PhD)
Conference Chair

Call for Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

We announce the Call for Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, held 5–7 July 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

First held at the University of the Aegean on the island of Rhodes in Greece in 2003, the conference has moved its location each year to different countries and continents, each offering its own perspectives on the human condition and the current state of studies of the human. This research network is brought together by a shared commitment to the humanities and a concern for their future.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2018 Special Focus: “Reconsidering Freedom.”

For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website.

Call for Papers Themes
Presentation Types Scope and Concerns
List of Accepted Proposals Emerging Scholar Awards
Submit a Proposal


Submit your proposal by 20 November 2017.

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may present in a virtual poster session or a virtual lightning talk. Virtual Sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar.

As virtual participants, presenters are scheduled in the formal program, have access to select conference content, can submit an article for peer review and possible publication, may upload an online presentation, and can enjoy annual membership to the Research Network and subscriber access to the New Directions in the Humanities Journal Collection.