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

Berlin, November 27 - 29, 2019

Themes OEB Global 2019

Discovering Learning


At OEB Global, amidst the emerging contours of the future, we are discovering learning. Learning as we have never known it before. Learning unleashed. Boundless learning. Learning without limits. We have moved beyond exploration to discovery. We see and experience what can happen. We feel the new, the imaginative, the unthinkable within our grasp. We are discovering learning.


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Frictionless digital learning: engaging learners for action

New roles and competences of educators and L&D - and those we collaborate with

Closing the skills gap with learning and training


Collecting, protecting and measuring key data

The new home of learning: operational excellence, spaces and ecosystems

Evolving learning technologies: EdTech and digital transformation

Content, knowledge and the mind



The agenda will feature 20+ pre-conference activities, 120+ sessions, as well as a free exhibition seminar programme.

  • Dig deep into cutting-edge topics and solutions in Pre-Conference activities on Wednesday, November 27.

  • Hear proven practice in Panel Discussions and Panel Presentations.

  • Learn techniques, methods, skills in Knowledge Factories.

  • Work with resources and solutions in Discovery Demos and Tech Labs.

  • Discover thought leadership and challenging perspectives in Spotlight Stage sessions and Plenaries.

  • Find safe ground to explore difficult questions in Fishbowls, Unconference sessions and Learning Cafés.

  • Meet and network with peers from around the globe in Boardroom Dialogues.

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Programme Formats

OEB's formats reflect the diverse ways in which the conference supports knowledge exchange for all education stakeholders.

Pre-Conference Workshops and Activities

Half- and full-day workshops on Wednesday, Nov 27 offer an agenda filled with activities to develop practical skills and grow deep knowledge. As seats are limited, participants are required to sign up to them in advance.

Plenary Sessions

The Spotlight Stage Plenary, the Opening Plenary, OEB’s Annual Debate and Friday Plenaries feature world-class keynote speakers, setting the scene for the day – and night!

OEB’s Spotlight Stage

All through the event, the Spotlight Stage brings a rolling programme with highlighted talks, interviews, debates and more. Pop in for a burst of left-field inspiration, entertainment and provocation!

Learning Cafés

These round-table interactive break-out sessions engage you with collaboration, peer-learning activities and discussions.

Panel Discussions

These sessions are organised collectively by a group of 2-5 speakers and a moderator to discuss a pertinent issue or topic. Each speaker presents his/her views after which time is dedicated for a lively and informative Q&A between panel and participants attending.

Knowledge Factories

The agendas of these workshops during the main event days offer practical activities, exercises and strategies for you to take back and implement in your organisation.

Unconference Sessions and Fishbowls

Quickly tap into your own source of wisdom in these sessions in which good ideas and conversation bubble up. Unconferences and Fishbowls are designed for active participation to spark synergy and building coherence among peers.

Panel Presentations

These sessions bring together 2-5 speakers from different backgrounds presenting for 15-20 minutes each on a common topic. An expert in the field chairs the panel and ensures the combination of single talks presents a unified learning goal.

Tech Labs

Hands-on, BYOD workshops are hosted by facilitator(s) who have designed specific exercises, guiding you to work with digital tools and/or free software.

Boardroom Dialogues

Topic-focused networking events encourage communities to connect around shared interests. Each Boardroom Dialogue is centered around a specific theme or community and led by one to two speakers introducing the topic and facilitating networking or focusing discussions.

Discovery Demos

Discovery demos show tools, next generation materials and pre-release products for learning and training. Five to ten discovery demo speakers are presenting simultaneously at standing tables, giving you a chance to interact on an informal, one-to-one basis with these developers and creators.

Free Exhibition Seminars

The exhibition area showcases leading industry suppliers and contains a programme of Free Seminars, covering the big issues affecting all learning professionals today.

Keynote Speakers

Forward thinking minds will take the stage in four different Plenaries.

This year's keynote speakers will include:


OEB speaker Laura Czerniewicz

Laura Czerniewicz

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

OEB speaker Joleen Liang

Joleen Liang

Founding Member of the Artificial Intelligence + Adaptive Education Conference and Partner at Squirrel AI Learning, China

OEB speaker Richard Straub

Richard Straub

Founder and President of the Peter Drucker Society Europe and of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, France

OEB speaker Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters

Education writer at Hack Education, independent scholar and author, USA

1000s of ideas for shaping the future of learning : Hightlights OEB 2018

OEB speaker Cathy Moore

Cathy Moore

Consultant and Training Designer, USA


Jedi Mind Tricks for Workplace Learning Designers



EdTech Innovation Clusters

OEB speaker Andreas Refsgaard

Andreas Refsgaard

Interaction Designer, Artist and Teacher, Denmark

OEB speaker Karoline Tellum-Djarraya

Karoline Tellum-Djarraya

Skills Norway, Norway


Learning and Training with Bots - Why Not?



Finding Your Voice, Designing a Learning Narrative

OEB speaker Theo Bastiaens

Theo Bastiaens

FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany) and Open University (The Netherlands), Germany


Playful Machine Learning - with Andreas Refsgaard



Tricks for Better Learning Design

OEB speaker Sara de Freitas

Sara de Freitas

Executive Consultant and Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, UK

OEB speaker Alec Couros

Alec Couros

Educator, Researcher and Professor of Educational Technology & Media at the University of Regina, Canada

L&D Highlights

Best practices from Accenture, Bank of Georgia, Deutsche Bahn, European Astronaut Center, Swisscom, SIKA and other workplaces from around the world



Transforming Education with Audiovisual Technology to Create Dynamic, Collaborative Learning Spaces



Balancing Data-Collection and Data Protection



Build Your Digital Credentialing Ecosystem Today

OEB speaker Carlos Delgado Kloos

Carlos Delgado Kloos

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

OEB speaker Dana Doyle

Dana Doyle

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Learning / MITx, USA


The Learning Research Quiz Show - with Will Thalheimer

OEB speaker Martin Dougiamas

Martin Dougiamas

Moodle, Australia


Activating Student Achievement

OEB speaker Anneke Boink-Meijer

Anneke Boink-Meijer

Summa College, The Netherlands

Timely, Flexible, Mobile

Cost-effective Capacity Building: DEVCO, FAO, Frontex, ITC-ILO, Kiron, United Nations Volunteers and UNICEF take charge


How to Use Design Thinking Effectively in Learning Experience Design



Free Your Content: Producing Personalised Content and Learning Resources



Putting Ethical Behaviour at the Centre of Learning


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