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22 – 24, 2023

The University of the Roller Coaster

Date Friday, Nov 25  Time   –   

How can Higher Education function in a world struggling to save itself from climate change, pandemics and war? How can it drive innovation and shape the future as the pace of technological change constantly increases? How can it re-invent itself to respond imaginatively to the new challenges facing humanity?

We are living in an uncertain, unpredictable world with no “back to normal” any more. So, how can we re-imagine higher education when nothing can be taken for granted? What kind of technologies can help universities to adapt? What lessons can we learn from recent successes and failures? What 'best practice' examples point the way into the future?  How can we shape the development of institutions, so that they are neither “ivory towers” nor “competence factories"? How can we encourage future-oriented universities in which both pedagogy and research are fit for the challenges ahead?

In the Academic Plenary, our experts will examine the threats and opportunities facing higher education today and ask how we can design new approaches that prepare staff and students to thrive in the University of the Roller Coaster.

OEB speaker Clare Walsh

Clare Walsh

Head of Education, Institute of Analytics, United Kingdom

OEB speaker Bart Rienties

Bart Rienties

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

OEB speaker Rikke Toft Nørgård

Rikke Toft Nørgård

Associate Professor, School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark


OEB speaker Gila Kurtz

Gila Kurtz

Dean, Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), Israel