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Programme Overview

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Keynote Speakers

Plenaries feature world-class keynote speakers: proven experts with contributions that will take you on a journey far beyond conference themes. Bringing new perspectives and new impulses for innovation. Speakers will include:

OEB speaker Pär Lager

Pär Lager

Lecturer at the Swedish Defence University, Senior Advisor and Author of "Upskill and Reskill"

OEB speaker Njeri Mwagiru

Njeri Mwagiru

Senior Futurist at Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at Stellenbosch University Business School

OEB speaker Berna Öztinaz

Berna Öztinaz

CHRO Genel Energy, EAPM Board Member, WFPMA Board Delegate

OEB speaker Bart Rienties

Bart Rienties

Professor of Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK

OEB speaker Rikke Toft Nørgård

Rikke Toft Nørgård

Associate Professor at the School of Education, Aarhus University, Steering Group Member at the Centre for Higher Education Futures

OEB speaker Meredith Wellard

Meredith Wellard

VP Group Learning Talent and HR Platforms, Deutsche Post DHL

Overall 2022 Theme: Re-imagining Our Vision for Learning

The last few years have been disruptive and even devastating for many people but there has also been a period of innovation and enterprise. At times it felt as though the  forward march of progress had come to a halt but, in many areas, the advance continued and at a quicker pace – particularly in higher education and corporate learning. Under darkening skies and beset by new challenges, we are in unfamiliar terrain where nothing is as easy as we supposed but now we have the hope offered by new insights into what is possible for all of us. How can we regain our confidence and recapture the ground we have lost? How can we make the most of the new flexibility we have discovered? How can we work together and re-imagine our collective vision for the education and training of the future?

Subthemes and Topics

Eight inter-related conference topics and questions that will be explored at the event are set out below. By bringing together participants from the education, workplace learning and government sectors we will be critically examining these issues and the opportunities and challenges that are changing the world of learning.

The organisers welcome all speaking proposals that challenge current practice, research and policy and are happy for contributors to interpret the themes broadly.

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1 - Thought-through Learning Design for Online Teaching and Learning

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- Creating true co-design for post-pandemic progress
- Methodologies and theories: applying evidence-informed and innovative practices to the real world
- Learning success and learning from failure with blended and hybrid delivery
- The power of content and curriculum development and (data-driven) instructional design
- Interactive multimedia as powerful tools

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- Can we design once and deliver many times?
- How does assessment change with different learning designs?
- How to use video and audio in/for learning?
- How to cultivate and protect the learner experience in virtual settings?
- How to incorporate effective practice toolkits based on the science of learning


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2 - L&D Capability and Leadership: Learning as a Strategic Instrument

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- L&D’s role: within wider ecosystems; in supporting innovation and continuous improvement; in fostering a learning culture
- Learning centres and L&D academies
- Matching the speed of learning with the speed of business innovation

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- How to increase focus on performance outcomes, rather than on learning outputs?
- How to embed learning solutions in the daily workflow?
- How to capture and maximise tacit knowledge?
- How to take traditional in-person courses online: onboarding, product training and soft skills?
- How to demonstrate the business value of L&D - and gain the budget for it?


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3 - Creating the Human Experience

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- Social and peer learning
- Coaching and mentoring
- Online facilitation and delivery
- New identities and relationships
- The roles of the learning designer and technologist

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- How to enhance engagement online?
- How to support networks of collective learning?
- How to better share knowledge and experiences?
- How to better use evidence of how people learn?


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4 - Using Learning Technologies to Structure the Learning Experience

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- Learning Management Systems and Learning Experience Platforms
- Interaction in synchronous and asynchronous virtual classrooms
- Virtual worlds teaching and training (XR, virtual reality, augmented training, serious games, the metaverse)
- Curation, co-developed learning content, standards, OER, Open Source
- Holograms, robots and synthetic media in real-life classrooms

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- How to design learning solutions based on performance support?
- How to ensure variety in technology-enhanced learning?
- How to use multiple systems and tools to enhance learning experiences and improve impact?
- How to create accessible and inclusive learning materials and engagement?
- How to constructively deploy diversity for knowledge construction?

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5 - Making Decisions with Data: Improving Effectiveness, Outcomes and Quality

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- AI and personalised, adaptive delivery
- Learning analytics – beyond prediction to engagement and feedback
- Learning outcomes – using the right metrics
- Protection and privacy
- Blockchain technologies for education and innovation
- Standards and quality

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- How to provide insights into tailored learning processes using dashboards?
- How to use Artificial Intelligence to improve learning processes?
- How to make a case with data?
- How to select the right metrics and measures to demonstrate impact?
- How to run secure online assessments and certifications remotely?
- How can data help us collaborate and co-create smarter?

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6 - Keep Learning: Capabilities, Competencies, Skills and Credentials

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- Learning journeys, career pathways, performance journeys, and long-term career development
- Credentials, certifications, badges and verification
- Linking curricula to workplace needs
- Skills-based talent management
- Credit-bearing online programmes and courses
- Upskilling and re-skilling initiatives

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- How to foster equity, inclusivity and access?
- How to foster academic stakeholder collaboration (institutions, credential issuers, industry partners, verifiers, workplaces)?
- How to unlock in-demand credentials for in-demand skills?
- How to achieve change by changing habits and behaviour?
- How to make the most of micro-credentials for employability?

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7- Initiating and Implementing Digital Transformation

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- Technology integration
- New technology developments driven by learning and performance needs
- Bringing digital working and learning together
- Online learner profiles
- Best practices of EdTech labs, teaching and learning centres, hubs and collaborative global networks
- Managing and learning in complexity

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- How to enhance the delivery of content using Web3, the metaverse, NFTs and DAOs
- How to involve L&D in Digital Transformation?
- How to integrate student information systems with the VLE
- How to involve all stakeholders in Digital Transformation?
- How to apply systems thinking, creativity, innovation and boldness in changing contexts?

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8 - Preparing for the Future of Learning

Contributions may include but are not limited to:
- Trends, reforms and new education ecosystems
- What’s new and next for learning solutions and education platform companies?
- Stepping out of the ‘Training Bubble’
- Learning spaces, places and environments
- Re-visiting the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Education 4.0 after COVID
- The power of university alliances and partnerships
- Digital learning policies, governance and HE leadership

Issues we’d like to discuss and questions we’d like to answer will include:
- How to equip student and workers for uncertain futures?
- How to innovate new learning solutions to tackle stakeholders’ issues
- How to generate new knowledge for a changing world by online learning?
- How to help learners navigate between informal, non-formal and formal learning opportunities throughout life?
- Are universities and colleges all now digital businesses?
- How to boost efforts to meet Sustainable Development Goals
- How to involve unique student populations?

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Formats for Active Participation

Formats reflect the diverse ways in which the event supports knowledge exchange for all education and training stakeholders. They are designed to inspire, create new knowledge, showcase, engage and debate. Making sure that active participation fully connects you with the boldest new thinking, shaping the future of learning and training.

Fireside Chats

Topic-focused networking, encouraging communities to connect around shared interests.

How To's

Instructions you can trust: obtain new knowledge from best practices.

Discussion Channels

Join the online informal communication channels alongside conference sessions.

Spotlight Stage

Bringing your attention to the leading experts, thinkers, innovators and practitioners who create the future of learning.

Discovery Demo space

Showcase for next generation tools and pre-release products for learning and training.

Exhibition Seminars

Free to attend, these sessions showcase insights and solutions of leading industry suppliers.

Plenary Keynotes

World-class keynote speakers take you on a journey far beyond the conference themes.


Half day and full day workshops with interactive agendas enable you to develop in-depth, practical skills (separate sign-up).

Learning Cafés

Gain a deep understanding of themes and exchange ideas and actions with peers in small groups.


A talk, followed by Q&A, which may be part of a larger session

Boardroom Dialogues

Informal round-table conversations.

Panels and Debates

Short, thought-provoking opinions and insights, followed by a moderated dialogue and discussion.

Fringe Events

Welcome & Introduction to the OEB Community


This networking meeting will give all participants, especially those who are new to the conference, the opportunity to network with colleagues as well as generally break the ice and make first connections.


Digital Detox

Disconnect to reconnect in the luxurious Hotel InterContintental Spa! At previous events, OEB participants could take a breather for special reduced rate in this 1000m² environment for relaxation.

Mindfulness and Yoga

One of our past side events invited everyone to find balance with exercises for the body and mind in early morning free yoga classes, where you would learn about the benefits of yoga in education as well.

The Christmas Market

Visit one of Berlin’s most prominent Christmas markets, located five minutes from the conference venue, in the company of fellow participants.

Networking Tours

On Friday late afternoon, directly after the conference ends at 17:15, we usually arrange free/low-cost tours for those staying until the weekend. Among others, we've visited the Berlin’s Game Science Center and the Chaos Computer Club.

Marlene Bar Meet-up

At previous events on Thursday, all registered participants were invited to unwind and continue networking after a day of fruitful conversations at the Marlene Bar.


Past Speakers

OEB speaker Laura Czerniewicz

Laura Czerniewicz

Director, Director at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CILT) and Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) at the University of Cape Town

OEB speaker Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier

Ryerson University, Canada

OEB speaker Jane Bozarth

Jane Bozarth

Director of Research, Online training solutions specialist, author and Director of Research, The Learning Guild, USA

OEB speaker Torunn Gjelsvik

Torunn Gjelsvik

Secretary General, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

OEB speaker Martina Di Ridolfo

Martina Di Ridolfo

Programme Officer for Digitalisation and OSH, ETUCE

OEB speaker Martin Le Vrang

Martin Le Vrang

Team Leader – Digital Labour Market, DG Employment, Social Affairs and InclusionUnit Skills and Qualifications, European Commission, DG Employment - Digital Labour MarketUnit Skills and Qualifications, Belgium

OEB speaker Pak Tee Ng

Pak Tee Ng

Singaporean Educator, Singaporean Educator, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore , Singapore

OEB speaker Jordi Segalàs

Jordi Segalàs

Director Research Institute for Sustainability Science and Technology, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Barcelona Tech