OEB Spotlight Stage Thursday and Friday
Why the World Needs Open Source and Open Education to Survive - with Martin Dougiamas
On our Spotlight Stage, the founder of Moodle will explain how open technologies in education are critical to making progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
Learning Changes! - with Elliott Masie
Learners, content formats, learning technologies, business expectations and more are changing! In this very first open-to-all Spotlight Stage session, Elliott Masie will provide an edgy, humorous and global challenge to learning and development colleagues. From leveraging a learning blockchain to the end of memorisation - we have challenges and opportunities.
Editor of Learning TRENDS, Author and Head of the Masie Center,
Elliott Masie is an international analyst, experimenter, author and advocate for Learning around the world. He is the editor of Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie, an Internet newsletter read by over 57,000 business executives worldwide, and a regular columnist in professional publications, including CLO Magazine. He is the author of a dozen books, and is the convener of Learning 2018. Elliott has been to Africa many times and was part of a major Malaria Net Project with the Canadian Red Cross in Mali.
He heads The MASIE Center, a Saratoga Springs, NY think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. He leads the Learning CONSORTIUM, a coalition of 200 global organizations cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies, including CNN, Walmart, American Express, Walmart, Emirates Airline, Starbucks, General Electric and Fidelity Investments.
Elliott's professional focus has been in the fields of corporate learning, organizational performance and emerging technology. He has developed models for accelerating the spread of knowledge, learning and collaboration throughout organizations. Elliott is acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term e-Learning and has advocated for a sane deployment of learning and collaboration technology as a means of supporting the effectiveness and profitability of enterprises.
Elliott is known as a highly approachable speaker and trainer, blending humor, applicable stories of best practice and high levels of audience involvement. Over the past thirty years, he has presented programs, courses and speeches to over 2,200,000 professionals around the world. He lives in Saratoga Springs, owns thoroughbred horses, is a producer/investor in Broadway shows including the TONY Award Winning Kinky Boots, as well as An American in Paris, Macbeth, Allegiance, Unknown Soldier, SpongeBob the Musical and more.
Playful Machine Learning - with Andreas Refsgaard
In his talk on the Spotlight Stage, interaction designer, artist and teacher Andreas Refsgaard describes how machine learning has become an integrated part of his personal practise and curriculum for teaching designers and artists about digital interactions. By enabling people to decide upon and train their own unique controls for a system, the creative power shifts from the designer of the system to the person interacting with it.
Using machine learning to make unconventional connections between inputs and outputs Andreas and his students have made projects where games are controlled by making silly sounds, music is composed by drawing instruments on paper and algorithms are trained to decide what is funny, funky or boring.
Interaction Designer, Artist and Teacher, Denmark
Andreas is the creator of Eye Conductor, which helps people express themselves through music using only their eyes and facial gestures.
His work switches between commercial projects for clients like Google Creative Labs and Carlsberg and more artistic installations.
Recently Andreas has been exploring creative applications of machine learning and spent a lot of time teaching other designers how to use machine learning for real-time interactive projects at places like CIID (DK), Hyper Island (SE), The Bartlett (UK), V2 (NL), Resonate (RS) and KIKK (BE).
The Learning Research Quiz Show - with Will Thalheimer
In this rollicking, roller coaster ride of a session, research translator and provocateur, Will Thalheimer will engage the audience in a rapid-fire series of questions, challenging them 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 have a grand old time.
Work-Learning Research, Inc., USA
Will Thalheimer, PhD, does research-based consulting focused on learning evaluation in workplace learning. He’s available for keynotes, speaking, workshops, evaluation strategy, smile-sheet rebuilds, and research benchmarking. Founder of The Debunker Club (Debunker.Club), author of the award-winning book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets (SmileSheets.com), and creator of LTEM, the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (WorkLearning.com/LTEM). 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.
Learn to Teach Best! - with Theo Bastiaens
Theo Bastiaens, Vice-President for Digitalisation at the Fernuniversität in Hagen, explains why and how educators and trainers need to update their teaching methods and knowledge a.s.a.p. In the interest of learners he stresses the importance of an "e-teaching certificate" for teachers.
FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany) and Open University (The Netherlands), Germany
Prof. Dr. Theo J. Bastiaens is Vice-President for Digitalization and Internationalisation at the Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany. He is professor of Educational Technology and has contributed to numerous international publications in his field. Theo Bastiaens is appointed as rector of the Open University in the Netherlands as of the 1st of January, 2019.
Fighting "Post-Truth" with Critical Literacy Education - with Alec Couros
Dr. Alec Couros will discuss the urgent need to reimagine information literacy curricula as a tool for surviving the current epidemic of fake news, catfishing, and dis/misinformation.
Educator, Researcher and Professor of Educational Technology & Media at the University of Regina, Canada
I am a professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada. I help adults and youth take up the incredible affordances of the digital age while providing them with strategies to avoid the numerous pitfalls.
I have given hundreds of keynote presentations and workshops to K-12, higher education, & corporate audiences across the globe. Popular topics include connected learning, digital citizenship, digital literacy, digital identity, social media in organizations, digital ethics, internet scams, digital privacy, and cyber-security.
I am an accomplished educator and researcher and have been recognized with numerous awards for teaching and leadership. I have worked with education, government, and corporate clients to develop policies and procedures related to technology integration and implementation initiatives.
Most importantly, I’m a father of four wonderful children and I am privileged to learn from them daily as they grow up in this amazing but complex era.
We Are Engines - with Jef Staes
The world switches from a flat 2D world to a chaotic 3D world. In this world of information luxury, change and disruption we must reinvent learning and working. We must embrace the power of our own human potential and become "Engines of Innovation". An "Engine of Innovation" has the power to set its own course in this turbulent world, has a fantastic learning power that harvests the ever-increasing mass of information and is able to use all kind of resources to bring his learnings into practice. After this session your mindset about personal development will be disrupted. You will understand the real meaning of passionate love for learning when you become addicted to your talents.
Red Monkey, Belgium
Jef Staes (Belgium, 1956) is an authority and thought leader on learning processes, innovation and culture change. With decennia of professional experience, he currently assists CEO’s and managers to find a comprehensive answer to the changing dynamics of today’s market. Jef does not shy away from confrontation! With a vast range of new insights and metaphors, he illustrates why managers and policymakers often reach the wrong decisions and even obstruct change processes.
Jef answers a crucial question: “Why don’t organisations learn and innovate fast enough?”. Based on his career as a software designer (GTE ATEA in Belgium & USA), training Manager and Corporate Learning Officer (Siemens, Belgium), he not only awakens people, but also presents them with a unique concept to guide them through the necessary changes.
He is a passionate and inspirational keynote speaker and author. His story is a guaranteed eye-opener and his thoughts on the future of business and education inspire many. With striking metaphors, he tackles the most fundamental issues organisations struggle with.
Effectiveness of Games for Learning and Training - with Sara de Freitas
Join Prof Sara de Freitas at this Spotlight Stage session on the effectiveness of games, game design, game play and gamification for learning and training. How can you make the most of new insights into human behaviour and advances in research on the topic? Further your understanding on their impact, on what works (and what doesn’t) and be inspired to integrate the latest principles and methods for engagement in your courses too.
Sara de Freitas
Executive Consultant and Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, UK
I am an eminent educator with twenty-five years in higher education: building extensive national and international networks, an encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector and leading on university-wide programmes of portfolio and curriculum development, organizational transformation, strategic planning and global engagement.
As an entrepreneurial leader, I have been an attractor for significant inward and external investment supporting infrastructure development, education improvements impacting ~95,000 students and promoting academic development for over 3,000 academic and professional staff in Australia and the UK. I have led on ten cross-university initiatives, including: three major curriculum and portfolio development programmes, transnational, blended learning and infrastructural education programmes operating with large capital (< $40,000,000) and revenue budgets (< $5,000,000).
I have held responsibility up to Deputy Vice Chancellor level for portfolio areas including education and student support, and as a Director of Research raising over £5,000,000 in applied research, development and innovation funding through 56 projects and programmes, supporting numerous UK businesses, changing policy and delivering regional growth and research advance. Career highlights include: making gains of 8% in student retention and raising $7,300,000 in revenue from targeted learning interventions.
My frameworks, case studies, models and academic work are captured in seven books and over 200 conference papers and journal articles, garnering 8,000 citations (44H index). My most recent book: Education in Computer Generated Environments came into paperback in 2017 and was published in the Routledge Research in Education series, outlining a ‘new learning’ paradigm.
Currently, I am advising internationally-leading educational institutions and agencies as an Executive Consultant, supporting EdTech start-ups as a Board Advisor and continuing to develop internationally-leading research as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of London (Birkbeck).