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The global, cross-sector conference and exhibition on
technology supported learning and training

Berlin, December 2 - 4, 2020

Thanks to all for submitting your proposal

We thank everyone who submitted their proposal to become a speaker at OEB 2020!

The future of learning and new routes to different methods and solutions have been on top of everyone’s agenda. And there’s a craving to share experiences with peers, and in person. Our Programme Committee is in the process of developing the agenda and you'll soon be able to find first highlights here.

Keynote Speakers

Four 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 Marina Gorbis

Marina Gorbis

Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF),

OEB speaker Sean Michael Morris

Sean Michael Morris

Director of the Digital Pedagogy Lab at the School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado Denver,

OEB speaker Tony O'Driscoll

Tony O'Driscoll

Adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Research Fellow at Duke Corporate Education,

OEB speaker Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills at the OECD,

OEB speaker Barbara Wasson

Barbara Wasson

Professor and Director at the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology at the University of Bergen,

OEB speaker David White

David White

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

OEB speaker Guy Wilmshurst-Smith

Guy Wilmshurst-Smith

Head of Network Rail Training,

Theme: Making Learning Meaning

What do we want from learning? What do we expect from it in the future? And how can technology help us achieve it? We need to think about our ultimate objective, both individually and collectively.
We talk about ‘transformative' change but do we really understand what we mean? We say we want to put learning "at the heart of life", we are passionate about educational opportunity, we care deeply about lifelong learning but do we even know what our real goal is? Where do we want to go and how do we get there? How do we give real significance to education and training? How do we make learning mean something? How does learning become meaningful?

OEB Global 2020 will not only look at the process of learning, but also its purpose, asking what we want to make learning mean. Like a star above the horizon, it will help point the way to our destination.

Subthemes and Key Topics

Conference subthemes revolve around what will be crucial for schools and higher education, what will be hot for workplace learning and training and what will be most pressing for policy making. Find out more below or download the list of subthemes here.

Education Futures

  • Leadership, faculty transformation
  • New roles and continuous professional development for educators
  • Digital and didactic/pedagogical skills: taking full advantage of tech
  • Policy and strategy
  • Partnerships and collaboration between education/training providers and businesses

The New L&D

  • Recession-proofing the role: showing L&D leadership
  • The new operating model for L&D
  • Engaging with the business and demonstrating value
  • Transforming digital skill sets, achieving workplace success
  • Digital transformation of the workplace and of L&D
  • The vital role of the coach-manager
  • Supporting an effective workplace culture

Tech Triggers

  • Hyper-interactive media: text, video, serious games
  • Integrating the immersive: mixed realities, AR and VR
  • Podcasts, webcasts, webinars and vodcasts
  • Mobile delivery
  • Mind boggling tech: invasive technologies for learning, robotics and more

Assessing Skill and Competence

  • Learning agency and self-directed learning
  • Micro-credentials, digital certificates, nano-degrees and recognition of prior learning
  • In-demand and on-demand knowledge: competence based and project-based education programmes
  • Assessment practices: why, how, when, where and who
  • Testing and (remote) proctoring


Supporting Workforce Performance

  • Performance support, productivity and workload reduction
  • Tech-supported coaching and mentoring
  • Upskilling and reskilling
  • Policy and strategy
  • Self-directed learning, knowledge management
  • Flexible education paths, degree-apprenticeships, vocational training

Implementing and Scaling up

  • Platform features and capabilities of the MLE, LMS, LXP, CMS, VLE, LRS
  • Networks, interoperability and digital convergence
  • Services and information systems for talent management, online student recruitment and more
  • Access and inclusiveness
  • Automation

Data and Learning: Who's in Control?

  • Personalisation and adaptive delivery
  • AI and learning analytics
  • Datifying learning materials
  • Data protection, trust, bias and ethics
  • Open access, open data, open educational practices
  • Student-centred data models

Design and Delivery in the Online Learning Jungle

  • Flexible delivery: F2F, blended, social or fully online
  • Interaction and connections in (collaborative, peer, social) learning spaces
  • Designing content, curricula and online degree programmes
  • Proven learning models, techniques and theories
  • Research and science of learning

Formats for Active Participation

Formats reflect the diverse ways in which the event supports knowledge exchange for all education 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.

Plenary Keynotes

Four 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. 

Pre-conference Workshops

Half and full-day workshops are filled with activities to develop practical skills. Seats are limited, so make sure to sign up in advance.

Spotlight Stage Talks

A unique line-up of compelling speakers who will propel you to new outlooks on valuable, essential and meaningful change.

Learning and World Cafés

Discuss questions in small groups in several rounds and take advantage of the collective knowledge of the conference community to gain a deeper understanding and to share ideas.

Truth Zone Co-ops

This exciting session formats allows you to pick each other's brain and start co-writing the future of meaningful learning. "Go small or go big": you'll go further together.

Panel Sessions

Short, thought-provoking and stimulating presentations from experts in the field, followed by a discussion with the audience under the guidance of a chairperson.


A circular chair setup circle surrounds a ‘fishbowl’ of speakers. You will have the opportunity to step in and share your own best practice on the content matter, should you so wish.

Tech Labs

BYOD workshops with specific exercises to get a taste of using tools and/or software in your working environment.

Boardroom Dialogues

Casual discussions around a boardroom table, to share stories and experiences related to a specific topic. To promote the informal nature of the format, presentation slides aren't used.

Discovery Demos

Discovery demos are innovation showcases of tools, next generation materials and pre-release products for learning and training. This space is made for testing and trying out.

Free Exhibition Seminars

Free to attend for exhibition visitors and conference participants alike, these 30 minutes seminars showcase insights of leading industry suppliers.

Become a Speaker

We invite you to submit your ideas by April 30, 2020 and look forward to receiving your proposal.