1000s of ideas for shaping the future of learning
We are proud to announce OEB's first speakers and sessions discussing the latest trends and developments in the learning and training sector. Check back for updates on our agenda covering a wide range of topics for an even wider variety of learning professionals!
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and the founder of The Learning Agency, USA
Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the founder of The Learning Agency. He is dedicated to improving the ways that learning is delivered.
Boser is also a bestselling author, and he recently wrote a book on the science of learning titled Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything. Amazon called Learn Better “the best science book of the year.”
Boser’s work has been highly influential. His research has been featured everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today and has helped inspire policy changes at the district, state, and national level. Boser has also developed legislation, advised political campaigns, and served as managing director of the Center for American Progress’s education team.
Ulrich Boser recently launched the Learning Agency. Part consultancy, part service provider, part communications group, the Learning Agency helps people–and organizations–harness the power of learning.
Boser has also been a contributing editor at US News and World Report and a researcher at the newspaper Education Week. His writings have appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and Wired.
Earlier in his career, Boser wrote the The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters, which Forbes called “recommended reading” and Talking Points Memo described as “both comprehensive and engaging.” He also wrote The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Art Theft, which became a national best-seller. USA Today called The Gardner Heist “a public service,” while The Wall Street Journal described the book as “captivating.”
Boser has also been an Arthur F. Burns Fellow, an adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and have been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and NBC’s Nightly News. His career has also included stints as a reporter, editor, and English teacher. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors.
How Are Students’ Expectations and Experiences of Their Digital Environment Changing - and What This Means for Your OrganisationDescription
How Are Students’ Expectations and Experiences of Their Digital Environment Changing - and What This Means for Your Organisation
Universities are increasingly working in partnership with their students on the development of their digital environment. As a result, students experience a digitally enabled learning experience which better meets their needs and offers them the digital skills they require for the workplace. But do we really know how students are using technology and how are their expectations changing? This interactive Learning Café will provide you with an overview of innovative approaches universities are using to gather their students’ views on digital - and how they are they are using the data collected in the 2018 Jisc Tracker surveys to inform the development of their digitally enhanced learning and teaching provision. Hear about their practices, based on over 58,000 student responses worldwide, and explore what these mean in your own context.
How to Effectively Use Design Thinking in Learning Experience DesignDescription
How to Effectively Use Design Thinking in Learning Experience Design
This Knowledge Factory for Instructional and Learning Designers offers evidence-informed research, practical examples, and insights into an effective combination of design thinking methodologies and ‘more traditional’ learning design methodologies. Under the guidance of Miriam Neelen from Accenture, you will investigate why, in which context and when in the design process you can apply appropriate design thinking techniques and when to rely on your learning expertise to achieve the best learning experience design possible. Join and solve your personal learning design challenge!
Nina Huntemann is director of academics and research at edX. In this role, Nina is leading cross institution faculty initiatives, developing curriculum strategies and providing pedagogical expertise, managing educational policy projects, and facilitating research across edX university partners. Nina has over 15 years of college-level teaching, program administration, and faculty development experience. Prior to joining edX, she was an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University in Boston where she taught courses and published research in digital media studies. Nina received her Ph.D. in communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The Learning Research Quiz ShowDescription
The Learning Research Quiz Show
In this rollicking session, research translator and provocateur, Will Thalheimer will engage the audience in a rapid-fire series of questions, challenging the audience on their knowledge of myths, misconceptions, and science-of-learning fundamentals. This is a great way to fine-tune your knowledge, ensure you’re not advocating myths, and having a grand old time.
Work-Learning Research, Inc., USA
Will Thalheimer, PhD, is a consultant and research translator working in the workplace learning field. He’s available for keynotes, speaking, smile-sheet rebuilds, workshops, and research benchmarking. Compiler of the Decisive Dozen, one of the authors of the Serious eLearning Manifesto (eLearningManifesto.org), founder of The Debunker Club (Debunker.Club), and author of the award-winning book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets (SmileSheets.com). Will tweets as @WillWorkLearn and blogs and consults at Work-Learning Research (WorkLearning.com), where he also publishes extensive research-to-practice reports—and makes them available for free.
Higher Education is a Waste of Time and Money and EdTech Won’t Fix ThatDescription
Higher Education is a Waste of Time and Money and EdTech Won’t Fix That
Join this panel for a lively discussion on one of the questions posed in this year’s OEB themes, "Will there be a new golden age for higher education? Bryan Caplan in his book “The Case Against Education” argues that the added value of higher education to society is so small that it does not represent a sufficient Return On Investment to justify its current existence. His proposed solution is a radical one: we need less (spending on) higher education and more vocational education. Sceptics and supporters of the view that learning technologies can successfully address problems higher education will consider if and how learning technologies can be used to address the shortcomings of higher education both from within and outside the system, as well as the relative merits and of the appropriateness of higher education versus vocational education. You are invited to contribute to our exchange on this controversial subject!
Cofounder of Codam and TomTom, The Netherlands
Corinne Vigreux is a Co-Founder of TomTom, the navigation and map-making company that continues to design and develop cutting edge technologies solving mobility problems and addressing the challenges of autonomous driving and smart cities.
Voted as one of the top fifty most inspirational women in European tech (www.inspiringfifty.com), Corinne champions women in the workforce and passionately advocates for improved social mobility through education. She has just founded Codam, a not for profit coding college based on the famous Ecole 42 curriculum and ethos. Codam opens its doors in September 2018 in the heart of Amsterdam.
Corinne is a member of the supervisory board of takeaway.com NV and Groupe ILIAD in France, member of the supervisory board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet and advisor to the Amsterdam Economic Board. She is chair on the trustee board of the Sofronie foundation.
Corinne was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2012 and knighted in the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau in 2016.
Solve your EdTech Challenges with Today’s Market MakersDescription
Solve your EdTech Challenges with Today’s Market Makers
This is an interactive Knowledge Factory led by Carla Aerts where learning professionals can share their insights, questions, needs and challenges with selected start-ups including We will work through these challenges in a collaborative, interactive setting to ensure you will leave the session with the latest EdTech expertise, tools, solutions and services available on the EdTech market today. Whether you are in need for better video, more game-based learning or failsafe institution-wide testing, we will offer practical suggestions and insights into the latest learning innovations and how they can be tailored to your needs.
Author and Chief Executive of NESTA, UK
Geoff Mulgan has been Chief Executive of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation and research. Under his leadership it moved out of the public sector to become an independent foundation; greatly expanded its work, partly through creating new units, centres and funds in fields ranging from evidence and impact investment to challenge prizes and skills; and complemented its work in the UK with work in dozens of countries around the world.
Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. From 2004 to 2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of The Young Foundation. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos; Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and is currently a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He has helped set up many organisations including Demos and the Young Foundation as well as the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust and Action for Happiness.
Geoff co-chaIrs a World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution. He has advised many governments around the world and is currently chair of an international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul and a member of advisory committees for the Prime Minister’s office in the UAE, the Scottish Government and SITRA, the Finnish Innovation agency.
Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press), Good and Bad Power (Penguin) and ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press). His most recent book is ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ published by Princeton University Press. His books have been translated into many languages. Geoff has also given TED talks on topics including the future economy, happiness and education.
From the Early Adopter to the Cautious Experimenter: Bringing Academic Faculty on Board with Digital LearningDescription
From the Early Adopter to the Cautious Experimenter: Bringing Academic Faculty on Board with Digital Learning
Working with faculty may be one of the most common challenges for academic staff and leadership. What are the cultural norms at your institution that impact how faculty adopts new initiatives? What has worked for you to engage faculty? What are pitfalls you have experienced in engaging with faculty? This learning café, facilitated by Dana Doyle, MIT, will offer fresh ideas on how to address challenges and further your institution's digital learning efforts, as well as a chance to learn from shared experiences.
Educator, journalist and IT & OER consultant, USA
Esther Wojcicki is an internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, a program that focuses on empowering students through the use of media (newspaper, magazine, yearbook, websites, video production, photography, radio, & television). The program started in 1984 with an already established (1918) 6 -8 page newspaper and 19 students; it has grown to become one of the most distinguished and the largest scholastic media program in the nation today (2016) with 600+ students, five additional teachers, nine publications, and a new 25,000 sq. ft Media Arts Center (2014).
Esther is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MediaX at Stanford, a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow, ; the 2002 California Teacher of the Year by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; the 2011 Charles O’Malley Award recipient from Columbia Scholastic Press. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Palo Alto University, and in 2016 an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design. In November, 2016 she was awarded the MyHero Award for her work in global education. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences including TED (2015), G20 Summit, and Singularity University Summit. She co-authored popular education book on blended learning entitled Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (2015) that explains a way to revolutionize education for the digital age. Her focus is give student agency in the classroom to empower their creativity and innovation skills. She is also the mother of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Janet Wojcicki, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF Medical School and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe. She is married to Stanford Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki. She and her husband are proud graduates of UC Berkeley. They have nine grandchildren.
Empathy & Creative Confidence as Powerful Triggers for LearningDescription
Empathy & Creative Confidence as Powerful Triggers for Learning
In this session, Steven Ney and Selina Mayer from the HPI School of Design Thinking will use elements of Design Thinking to gain a different perspective on learning. How can we build creative confidence for people who are more and more challenged by topics they are not an expert on? What can empathy tell us about teachers and learners and their individual needs? We will use a practical exercise to have common experience and then reflect upon that together.
Solving the Assessment Puzzle for Diverse Learner PopulationsDescription
Solving the Assessment Puzzle for Diverse Learner Populations
Our panel aims to share innovative ways to refine your view on the assessment of learners' competencies and levels of performance. Example cases will include the use of data, peer review, (serious) gaming, micro-tasks, self-assessment, learners affective states and tutor-provided video feedback. Which elements will truly improve competences and the overarching educational experience of your learners?
Dr Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of the open-source Moodle project, providing a free learning platform used in every country and every education sector around the world.
At OEB's Spotlight Stage he will address how open technologies in education are critical to best support progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
As the CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd (based in Perth, Australia and Barcelona, Spain) Martin leads the company of 60 software developers and educators that guides and supports the Moodle project (including MoodleCloud, Moodle Mobile and other initiatives). Moodle Pty Ltd has also created a global network of over 90 certified Moodle Partner companies that help provide funding for this independent software project through a sustainable business model since 2003.
Martin has a mixed academic background with multiple post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education, including an honorary doctorate from Universitat de Vic in Catalonia. He continues to focus on researching how technology can support teaching and learning in open and human ways, aiming at solving the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Video, Tutorial Culture and ParticipationDescription
Video, Tutorial Culture and Participation
Join this session in our video track to hear amongst others, Karsten Wolf from the University of Bremen and his talk on tutorials and explanation videos on YouTube. These videos have become one of the most important resources for interest driven informal learning, making the platform the largest audio-visual encyclopedia on the Internet today. What is the reason for the fact that there are literally thousands of tutorials on the same topic exist? This talk will analyse, how tutorials are being used and selected by learners, why they are created by professionals and amateurs, if there is diversity in authorship and what benefit diversity offers for education. As we analyse practices of participation and exclusion on YouTube, we will learn more about how to shape future empowering educational spaces, open to diversity and inclusion.
Author, Researcher and Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, UK
Dr Ben Williamson's research traces the connections between educational policy, digital technologies, and practices in schools and universities.
He is the author of Big Data in Education: The digital future of learning, policy and practice (Sage, 2017) and over 30 research articles and chapters. Recent topics of Ben’s research include data analytics, algorithmic decision-making, coding in schools, behavioural apps, and the development of performance metrics in the schools and HE sectors.
He is especially interested in examining how digital technologies and data are brought into education policy and practice through the involvement of policy networks of government agencies, think tanks, consultancies, policy labs and software companies. His current projects focus on ‘intimate data analytics’ such as wearable technologies, and on the ‘data infrastructures of higher education’ that are required for performance measurement of universities.
Ben is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, maintains a public research blog at https://codeactsineducation.wordpress.com/, and on Twitter he is @BenPatrickWill.
Free Your Content Tech Lab: Producing Personalised Content and Learning ResourcesDescription
Free Your Content Tech Lab: Producing Personalised Content and Learning Resources
If you are looking to develop or transform new or existing learning resources, improve your content production chain, or implement personalised learning (adaptive learning) then this is a Tech Lab not to miss. You will have access to MyEContentFactory, an end to end solution for authoring and distribution of your digital and print content. So bring your own laptop and mobile device and work in Gutenberg’s authoring platform to create and export your content in real time to a mobile app.
Learning Peaks, USA
Patti Shank is an internationally recognized learning designer and analyst, researcher, and author who is cited as one of the elite international learning experts. She works with organizations to analyze and find solutions for organizational performance needs and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and train trainers, instructors, designers, and experts.
Patti authored, co-authored, or edited numerous learning books and eBooks. She was an award-winning contributing editor for Online Learning Magazine and the research director for the eLearning Guild. You can find her articles and research in eLearning Guild publications, Magna Publications’ Online Classroom, eLearning Industry, and ATD’s Science of Learning and Senior Leaders and Executives blogs.
Designing a Collaborative Learning Hub for Open Virtual MobilityDescription
Designing a Collaborative Learning Hub for Open Virtual Mobility
Despite acknowledging the social and cultural benefits of mobility for Higher Education, awareness and exploitation of mobility instruments are still not as extensive as anticipated. The aim of this Learning Café led by Ilona Buchem of Beuth University will be to collaborate and formulate recommendations for the design of a collaborative Learning Hub for Open Virtual Mobility. Join us for take-aways including: Insights into Virtual Mobility and Open Virtual Mobility; Insights into designing a collaborative Learning Hub; Insights into designing OER, MOOC, Open Credentials and E-Assessment; Possibility to contribute to the design with own recommendations as well as; Networking possibilities with participants interested in Virtual Mobility and Open Education.