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27 – 29, 2024

Pre-Conference Workshop M1

Creating an Interoperable International Digital Ecosystem for Education

Date Wednesday, Nov 23  Time   –    Room Check   Price: free of charge   Status: fully booked

OEB speaker Christien Bok

Christien Bok

Innovation Manager of Education, SURF

OEB speaker Evelien Renders

Evelien Renders

Adviser International Education, SURF, Netherlands

Digitalisation is having an increasing impact on education. COVID-19 is an accelerator of the digital transition of education. Digitisation will contribute to increasing the quality of education and the possibility of greater flexibility in the curriculum. Flexibility opens the doors to, for example greater (international) student mobility.

This pre-conferece workshop will focus on the opportunities as well as on the risks of interoperability in education. It takes place within the frame of the European Digital Education Hub (EDEH -…), which was publicly launched by the European Commission in June 2022 and offers various opportunities for community members to get actively involved. This community workshop is an example of activities within the Hub.

This pre-conference workshop is organized the day after an EDEH community gathering will take place. A maximum of 15 OEB participants will be able to attend this workshop and will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis. The workshop will build on the discussions of the previous day and participants will reflect together on the overall topic.

The goal of the workshop is to create a concrete blueprint for further progress on the topic of educational interoperability.


  • Reflection on the opportunities and risks of interoperability in education.
  • Networking of stakeholders at European level.
  • A blueprint for further work on the topic of interoperability.


  • 09:00-09:30 Welcome
  • 09:30-10:00 Community members of the European Digital Education Hub present the results of their internal workshop taking place on the preceding day
  • 10:00-11:15 Discussion of the results; overview of the state-of-affairs of education systems in Europe and their (lack of) interoperability, plus areas where we see potential for improvement.
  • 11:15-11:45 Coffee break
  • 11:45-13:00 Next steps: blueprint for a way forward; what is needed and who are the main actors who can make this happen?


Participants from all sectors are welcome to attend the community workshop, but it is likely that the workshop is more interesting for those active in Higher Education. Participants should have a specific interest in the topic and ideally a direct link between the workshop topic and their profession. Those who are involved in European University Alliances may be particularly interested in participating in this workshop.

Level: intermediate