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22 – 24, 2023

Overall 2023 Theme: The Learning Futures We Choose

Will we decide the future we want for ourselves? Or will we be pushed into a dystopian system in which we have no say? Will we shape the future of learning or will Big Tech shape it for us? Will we control recent developments in technology or will they control us? Who will control the learning of the future? Are we enhancing our world or creating a new system in which we have no say? Will technology, data and AI decide our future for us? Or will technology help us to redefine the future of learning?

As humanity faces up to the biggest challenges of the tech revolution, OEB 2023 leads the discussion about how we can use technological change to shape the future of learning. A future that is created by us, not by machines.

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 Brent Anders

Brent Anders

Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, Center for Teaching and Learning of the American University of Armenia

OEB speaker Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Chief Learning Officer, Novartis

OEB speaker Margaret Korosec

Margaret Korosec

Dean of Online and Digital Education, University of Leeds

OEB speaker Helen Lee Bouygues

Helen Lee Bouygues

Founder & President, Reboot Foundation

Subthemes and Topics

Nine inter-related subthemes with questions and topics that will be explored at the conference 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.

Human Skills Versus Automated Skills

Revisiting the Constellation and Impact of Learning Design

Sustainable L&D and Digital Transformation for All

Harnessing Data to Unlock Learning

Redesigning Assessment and Credentials As We Know It

Become a Speaker

Unlocking Learning Potential with Strategic Cross-Over Collaborations

Exploring the Ever-Widening Landscape of Learning Technologies

Learning Goes Green

Understanding the Impact of War and Crisis on Learning

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.

Spotlight Stage

Talks, interviews and debates featuring leading experts, thinkers, innovators and practitioners who create the future of learning.

Discovery Demo Space

Discover free tools, next generation materials and pre-release products on an informal basis.

Exhibition Seminars

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

Plenary Keynotes

World-class keynote speakers share their take on pertinent issues on the future of learning.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Half day and full day workshops before the main conference to develop in-depth, practical skills. Prior registration is required.

Learning Cafés

Concurrent group discussions in a large open room with round tables to exchange ideas and actions with peers.

Presentation Panels

Short presentations curated into a larger session and chaired by a moderator, followed by a lively and informative Q&A.

Boardroom Dialogues

A facilitator-led networking event around a specific theme or community that encourages attendees to connect around shared interests.

Discussion Panels

Thought-provoking opinions by a panel of experts, followed by a moderated dialogue with an active, participating audience.

How Tos

Hands-on peer-learning exercises to take back and implement proven strategies in your working environment.

Annual Debate

Parliamentary-style Debate Plenary Session bringing two opposing sides to the stage, allowing for a lively exchange of views on an important motion.

Other bespoke & interactive formats

Past Speakers

OEB speaker Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander

Founder and Principal, Futurist, researcher, writer and teacher at Georgetown University / Bryan Alexander Consulting, USA

OEB speaker Shirley Alexander

Shirley Alexander

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

OEB speaker Asha Alexander

Asha Alexander

Principal of GEMS Legacy School and Executive Leader - Climate Change, GEMS Education , United Arab Emirates

OEB speaker Tom Bachem

Tom Bachem

Kanzler, Founder, CODE University of Applied Sciences, Germany

OEB speaker Jane Bozarth

Jane Bozarth

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

OEB speaker Olivier Crouzet

Olivier Crouzet

Head of Pedagogy at "42", a disruptive educational model and coding school

OEB speaker Binnaz Cubukcu

Binnaz Cubukcu

Learning designer and strategist, Inter IKEA Systems BV, The Netherlands

OEB speaker Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier

Ryerson University, Canada

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 Martina Di Ridolfo

Martina Di Ridolfo

Programme Officer for Digitalisation and OSH, ETUCE

OEB speaker Sofia Exarchou

Sofia Exarchou

Associate Learning Officer, United Nations System Staff College, Italy

OEB speaker Sina Fäckeler

Sina Fäckeler

Global Head of People Development & Wellbeing, AXA Group Operations, Germany

OEB speaker Andy Fidel

Andy Fidel

Spatial Network Evangelist & Immersive Experience Designer, Spatial Network, France

OEB speaker Elisabetta Galli

Elisabetta Galli

Global Head of Knowledge, Development & Talent , Global Head of Knowledge, Development & Talent at Banco Santander, Spain

OEB speaker Torunn Gjelsvik

Torunn Gjelsvik

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

OEB speaker Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

Vice President for Higher Education, National Union of Students

OEB speaker Uta Hauck-Thum

Uta Hauck-Thum

Professor für primary school education and didactics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

OEB speaker Anca Iordache

Anca Iordache

Future of Work Global Practice Leader, Citi Learning, Switzerland

OEB speaker Pär Lager

Pär Lager

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

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 Isabelle Mancel

Isabelle Mancel

Global Head of Innovation Learning and Culture, Thales

OEB speaker David Mattin

David Mattin

Founder, New World Same Humans, United Kingdom

OEB speaker Njeri Mwagiru

Njeri Mwagiru

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

OEB speaker Bitange Ndemo

Bitange Ndemo

ICT Champion and Professor of Entrepreneurship, ICT Champion and Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nairobi, Kenya

OEB speaker Pak Tee Ng

Pak Tee Ng

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

OEB speaker Carlos J. Ochoa Fernández

Carlos J. Ochoa Fernández

Co-Chair Education Committee / Founder and CEO, VRAR Association / ONE Digital Consulting, Spain

OEB speaker Perttu Pölönen

Perttu Pölönen

Futurist, Inventor and Author, ., Finland

OEB speaker Bart Rienties

Bart Rienties

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

OEB speaker Gilly Salmon

Gilly Salmon

Professor & Principal consultant, Education Alchemists Ltd, UK

OEB speaker Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

Director, Directorate for Education and Skills, Director for Education and Skills at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

OEB speaker René Schulte

René Schulte

Director of Global Innovation, Research & Incubation, Valorem Reply, Germany

OEB speaker Jordi Segalàs

Jordi Segalàs

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

OEB speaker Marleen Stikker

Marleen Stikker

Founder of Waag, Professor of Practice at HvA, member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation, Waag, Netherlands

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 Eva Vanova

Eva Vanova

Senior Learning Consultant, ING

OEB speaker Clare Walsh

Clare Walsh

Head of Education, Institute of Analytics, United Kingdom

OEB speaker Barbara Wasson

Barbara Wasson

Professor and Director at the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology, UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN, Norway

OEB speaker Meredith Wellard

Meredith Wellard

VP Group Learning Talent and HR Platforms, Deutsche Post DHL

OEB speaker David White

David White

Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Head of Digital Learning at the University of the Arts London

OEB speaker Christina Yan Zhang

Christina Yan Zhang

CEO, The Metaverse Institute

Speaker Requirements and Guidelines

To join us as a speaker at the 29th edition of Online Educa Berlin (November 22-24, 2023), make sure to submit your proposal by June 1, 2023.

We will let you know about the result of your submission at the very latest by the end of August. Please make sure that emails from are part of the “allow list” in your email programme, so that you do not miss any future messages.

Once your submission has been accepted, you will need to register as speaker at the reduced participation rate of EUR 495 excl. VAT, which includes the speakers’ reception, lunches, coffee breaks and materials. Kindly note that you will also need to ensure sufficient funding to cover your travel and accommodation costs.

Once your submission has been accepted, you will be asked to upload your photo and bio and review the presentation title and synopsis within our speaker system. This will allow us to include your contribution on the conference website and agenda.

Should you have any questions or difficulties submitting, you can always contact us at @email.

If you represent a commercial organisation which stands to gain from visibility with our audience, you can bypass the Call for Proposal selection process by booking a Thought Leadership package that includes a talk on the agenda. For more details, please contact @email.

  • June 1 Submission deadline
  • August 30 All submissions have been notified about the result
  • November 22 Pre-conference workshops take place
  • November 23 - 24 Parallel sessions take place

Meeting, Showing, Sharing, Discussing, Learning, Understanding, Creating, Producing....

What makes a proposal and conference contribution innovative and engaging? Here are some thoughts:

  • It is interactive – well-received sessions have deep learning objectives wrapped in an engaging and inviting package to encourage fellow participants to explore the topic.
  • It is topical and adaptable – to be broadly useful, proposals should fit with a wide range of learning programmes and be useful across sectors.
  • It is inspirational and thought-provoking – some proposals will be most interesting through case studies, and how easily they can be replicated by attendees in their own context.

In the submission form, you will be able to provide detailed information in the sections "synopsis", "participant benefits" and "take-aways". Evaluators and participants will rely on these details, so please be descriptive and outline:

  • How your proposal is relevant to the event themes, audience and purpose
  • How it will stimulate thinking and prompt discussion and debate
  • The challenge/problem it addresses and why this proves to be an innovative approach, method or solution
  • The outcomes from attending for your audience; information which will be most useful for participants in their working environments

The programme committee will provide guidelines and recommendations in respect to your proposal and the format in which it might be included in the agenda, in an effort to ensure sessions will be as interactive and practical as possible. Should you have a preferred OEB23 format or want to propose a new format, you will be able to outline that in the submission form.