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

Berlin, December 1 — 3, 2021


Plenary Debate "This House Believes Universities, in Their Current Form, Are Unsustainable as Mass-participant Institutions"

Covid-19 has forced us to ask some fundamental questions about education and training. In the higher and vocational sectors, some experts want to make learning more needs-based, shifting the balance towards skills that are directly applicable to the workplace, leaving pure academic learning and research to a small number of brilliant minds. But is this the right approach?
Isn’t the flexibility and academic rigour of a traditional university education more relevant now than ever before? Aren’t the innovative steps universities now taking to introduce online learning exactly what e-learning experts always wanted? And should we be ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’ at such a difficult time when universities contribute so much to so many economies? Or, on the contrary, is now exactly the right moment for fundamental reform? Is it time for consolidation in higher education or radical change?


OEB speaker Paul Bacsich

Paul Bacsich

Professor of Practice for the University of West Indies Open Campus and consultant at Matic Media Ltd, UK


OEB speaker Brian Mulligan

Brian Mulligan

Irish Learning Technology Association and Head of Online Learning Innovation, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

OEB speaker Jane Bozarth

Jane Bozarth

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

OEB speaker Donald Clark

Donald Clark

eLearning Expert and Strategist at Plan B Learning, UK

OEB speaker Marie Cini

Marie Cini

Chief Strategy Officer at ED2WORK and Former President of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, USA