Our MOOCocracy team has research expertise in online learning, public engagement, and computer science. Our team is building off of the research below to develop the MOOCocracy vision, learning tools and pedagogical design for mobilizing online learning communities around social issues.

Jamie Loizzo, Ph.D.

Relevant publications in the area of distance education and MOOCs:
Loizzo, J., Watson, S. L., & Watson, W. R. (2017). Instructor and learner experiences in a journalism for social change MOOC: A virtual ethnographic case study. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.

Loizzo, J., Ertmer, P.A., Watson, W.R., & Watson S. L. (2017). Adult MOOC learners as self directed: perceptions of motivation, success, and completion. Online Learning, 21(2).

Watson, S. L., Watson, W. R., Richardson, J., Loizzo, J. (2016). Instructor’s use of social presence, teaching presence and attitudinal dissonance: A case study of an attitudinal change MOOC. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(3), 54-74.

Loizzo, J. & Ertmer, P. A. (2016). MOOCocracy: The learning culture of massive open online courses. Educational Technology Research & Development, 64(6); 1013-1032. Retrieved from

Watson, S. L., Loizzo, J., Mueller, C., Lim, J., Watson, W. R., & Ertmer, P. A. (2016). Instructional design, facilitation, and perceived learning outcomes: an exploratory case study of a human trafficking MOOC for attitudinal change. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(6), 1273-1300. Retrieved from

Lisa Pytlik Zillig, Ph. D.

Relevant publications in the areas of public engagement, deliberation, and trust:

Leen-Kiat Soh, Ph. D.

Relevant publications in the area of computer aided education systems:
Eck, A., L.-K. Soh, and C. Brassil (2013). Supporting Active Wiki-based Collaboration. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL’13), Madison, Wisconsin, June 15-19, 2013, pp. 176-183.

Miller, L.D. and L.-K. Soh (2013).  Meta-Reasoning Algorithms for Improving Analysis of Student Interactions with Learning Objects using Supervised Learning, in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM’2013), Memphis, TN, July 6-9, pp. 129-136.

Miller, L. D., L.- K. Soh, G. Nugent, and A. Samal (2011).  iLOG: A Framework for Automatic Annotation of Learning Objects with Empirical Usage Metadata, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 21:215-236.

Khandaker, N., L.-K. Soh, L. D. Miller, A. Eck, and H. Jiang (2011). Lessons Learned from Comprehensive Deployments of Multiagent CSCL Applications I-MINDS and ClassroomWiki, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 4(1):47-58.

Khandaker, N. and L.-K. Soh (2011). SimCoL: A Simulation Tool for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Part C: Applications and Reviews, 41(4):533-543.

Khandaker, N. and L.-K. Soh (2010). ClassroomWiki: A Collaborative Wiki for Instructional Use with Multiagent Group Formation, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 3(3):190-202.

Khandaker, N. & Soh, L.-K. (2010). Improving Group Selection and Assessment  in an Asynchronous Collaborative Learning Application, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 20(3):231-268.

Khandaker, N. and L.-K. Soh (2010). A Wiki with Multiagent Tracking, Modeling, and Coalition Formation, Proceedings of the 22nd Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference (IAAI’2010), Atlanta, GA, July 12-14, 2010, pp. 1799-1806.

Riley, S. D. Miller, L.-K. Soh, A.Samal, and G. Nugent (2009). A Framework for Automatic Empirically-Based Metadata Generation, Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED’2009), Brighton, UK, July 6-10.

Khandaker, N. and L.-K. Soh (2008). Forming and Scaffolding Human Coalitions: A Framework and An Implementation in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Environment, International Transactions on Systems Science and Applications, 4(1):3-22.

Soh, L.-K., N. Khandaker, and H. Jiang (2008). I-MINDS: A Multiagent System for Intelligent Computer-Supported Cooperative Learning and Classroom Management, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 18(2):119-151.

Soh, L.-K. and T. Blank (2008). Integrating Case-Based Reasoning and Multistrategy Learning for a Self-Improving Intelligent Tutoring System, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 18(1):27-58.

Soh, L.-K. (2007). Integrated Introspective Case-Based Learning for Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Proceedings of the 22nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI’07), July 22-26, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pp. 1566-1571.

Soh, L.-K., D. Fowler, and A. I. Zygielbaum (2007-2008). The Impact of the Affinity Learning Authoring Tool on Student Learning, Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 36(1):29-62.

Nugent, G., L.-K. Soh, and A. Samal (2006). Design, Development and Validation of Learning Objects, Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 34(3):271-281.

Soh, L.-K., N. Khandaker, and H. Jiang (2006). Multiagent Coalition Formation for Computer-Supported Cooperative Learning, in Proceedings of the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI’2006), July 17-20, Boston, MA, pp. 1844-1851.

Soh, L.-K. and T. Blank (2005). An Intelligent Agent that Learns How to Tutor Students: Design and Results, in Proceedings of International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE’2005), November 28 – December 2, Singapore, 420-427. Best Paper Award.