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

Berlin, November 27 - 29, 2019

OEB's Annual Plenary Debate

This House believes that an obsession with economics is harming education and undermining the skills we need for the future


Education is becoming increasingly focussed on delivering the skills employers need. Is this a good thing? As we struggle to satisfy employers and meet the demands of the market, are we losing sight of what is really important? In our obsession with 'Industry 4.0' and as we try to define '21C skills' in an era of rapid, technological change, are we losing sight of what is really important in education and failing to provide learners with what they are likely to need for their whole lives? Shouldn't we be providing the existential skills that will always be relevant and not just the training for jobs and markets that are likely to be here today but gone tomorrow? Are the short-term needs of industry and an exaggerated emphasis on the importance of economics in planning education policy distorting our priorities? Are the latest models right for what our societies and our planet are likely to need in the future? How can we future-proof learning?

Join us at the OEB Global Debate for a discussion about the fundamentals of education and an exciting exploration of what learning should mean in the future.


Keynote speakers include: Edith Hooge, President of The Dutch Education Council and Professor at Tilburg University; Olivier Crouzet, Head of Pedagogy at "42", a disruptive educational model and coding school; Paul Kirschner, Professor, author and internationally recognised expert on interaction in learning and collaboration for learning and; David Toborek, Head of talent and Head of IT at Metronom GmbH.