The international conference eSTARS - 2017, that was organized by National Research University Higher School of Economics in cooperation with the global online learning platform Coursera, was held in Moscow, 10-11 October. This was the first comprehensive forum focused on eLearning, organized in partnership with Coursera and Russian university. This event was well attended by the expert community. More than 400 people visited the conference, including representatives from 11 countries: USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, India, South Africa, Switzerland. There were 25 sessions with lively discussions focused on a variety of different aspects of elearning. Leading Russian and foreign experts, heads and specialists from 56 Russian universities, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, and businesses community participated in the conference.

Policy, trends, strategies and prospects of eLearning, features of eLearning integration in the educational process of universities, technologies, formats and new user experience in education, quality and recognition of MOOCs, cooperation of universities and business in online courses creation, analytics and psychometrics in online courses, ethical aspects of technology, professional development and support of teachers and many others were the main topics of the conference.

eSTARS Summit - 2017 was a unique platform for interaction, where professional community met to exchange best practices and, above all, to participate in the interdisciplinary discussion of eLearning as a socio-cultural, philosophical, economic, psychological, and communication phenomenon.

Аreas of discussion

  • Online learning as an element of formal and non-formal education
  • Evaluation and recognition strategies: certificates, credits and diplomas online
  • Management of online education, organizational and marketing solutions to improve the effectiveness of online learning
  • Data Analysis and Research in eLearning
  • Professional development and support of educators implementing online learning
  • Open educational resources
  • Economics of Online Learning
  • Sociology of Online Learning
  • Philosophical and cultural aspects of online learning
  • New technologies and methods for organizing online learning
  • Learning Analytics and Productivity of Students
  • Personalized and adaptive learning



October 10, 2017

The first day of eSTARS is devoted to the discussion of educational and state policy in the field of online learning, general trends, clarification of the position of stakeholders. Plenary reports, discussion panels with participation of rectors of Coursera partner universities and other Russian leading universities, policy makers, business, special reports of leaders of online educational platforms, round tables, etc. are planned on this day.


October 11, 2017

The second day of the conference is devoted to academic and applied research of online learning in the broadest sense - as a social, economic, cultural, etc. phenomenon. On top of the research-related reports presented in several parallel Sessions, the Day 2 program includes Plenary panel sessions, Roundtable discussions and Workshops.

Key Speakers

Yaroslav Kuzminov

HSE Rector

Nikhil Sinha

Chief Business Officer, Coursera

Rebecca Stein

Executive Director of Online Learning Initiative (OLI), University of Pennsylvania's

Deborah Keyek-Franssen 

Ph.D. and Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Engagement, University of Colorado System Office

William Kuskin

Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, University of Colorado Boulder

Eran Raviv

Israel’s Director Of Campus-IL – Israel’s National Platform For Digital Learning

Evgenia Kulik

eLearning Director, HSE

Pablo Achard

Senior Advisor to the Rector, Université de Genève

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Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation.

HSE University is Coursera’s long standing partner with over 50 successful courses which recently reached 1 mln enrollments mark and is the co-founder of the Russian National Platform for Open Education. Creating a regulatory framework and developing academic standards inside the University, HSE includes МООСs into its curricula since 2013, by now it has training experience of more than 1.3 million learners at HSE MOOCs.

HSE University boosts broader professional discussion and research in the field of eLearning and gathers on its site leading universities, companies, online education platforms and researchers to discuss and share experience.


Coursera is an online education company that offers courses, Specializations, and degrees from 150 of the world’s top universities and educational institutions, including 8 leading Russian universities which have collectively created over 100 courses.

Globally, 25 million registered learners come to Coursera to take 2,000 courses and Specializations in dozens of topics, from business, to technology, to data science, to creative arts. Coursera empowers learners around the world to achieve their career, educational, and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives.

Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc., and Learn Capital.


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