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

Berlin, December 5 – 7, 2018

Submit your proposal by April 30, 2018

Submit a Proposal

Shape the agenda of OEB by proposing a topic, talk or session by April 30th, 2018.

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Accepted papers by registered speakers will be included in the Conference Book of Abstracts (ISBN: 978-3-941055-49-0).

Themes 2018

Overall Theme: Learning to Love Learning

Technology is changing society. The way we live and the jobs we do will never be the same again. In twenty years, the world of work will be unlike anything we have ever known. The development of artificial intelligence will allow machines to replace workers in many industries on an unprecedented scale. Humankind will face some fundamental, existential questions. Why are we here? What are we doing? How are we different from the machines? Education will shape our response to the immense challenge of this new age. But education and training will have to change too. So will the nature of employment. Learning will no longer be a brief phase in life. It will become a central part of our existence. In an era of constant and increasing change, we will discover a new appreciation of learning and an understanding of its place in the future. We will learn to love learning.

But how should we change education and training, so that they can play the leading role the future demands of them? How should institutions, organisations and employers adapt to the challenge? How should they prepare for it? What will the effect on individuals, societies and economies be? How can we create flexible, equitable education systems that adapt quickly to meet the demands of constant change? How will vocational training and further education keep up with an unceasing demand for new skills? Will there be a new golden age for higher education? How will technology change our approach to learning? How will it help to place education at the heart of life? How will it inspire a new generation? How will we change the nature of education? How will we learn to love learning?

Instilling curiosity

Curiosity is at the heart of learning. How can we create learning that is attractive? Sessions under this sub-theme will inspire you with powerful ways to use technologies to communicate content. Join them for techniques, theories and methods that fire learners’ desire to know, understand and apply including, amongst others:
⚫ Bite-sized and micro-learning ⚫ Blended learning ⚫ Flipping the classroom ⚫ Gamification and game-based learning ⚫ Informal and formal learning ⚫ Just-in-time and on demand learning ⚫ Mobile learning ⚫ Social, collaborative and peer-to-peer learning ⚫ User-generated content ⚫ Video-based learning

Dynamic learning, training and future-oriented skills

How can we keep learners in focus and people at the centre of change? Sessions under this sub-theme will help anticipate how technologies can be used to convey, learn and train for new skills needed to succeed and to increase performance including, amongst others:
⚫ Creativity, critical thinking, social and cognitive skills ⚫ Deploying off the shelf courses ⚫ Coding and digital talent to manage automation ⚫ Foresight techniques ⚫ Human Capital Management ⚫ Integrated talent management systems ⚫ Partnerships, collaboration and apprenticeships ⚫ Performance support

Nascent technologies to change learning

Do not miss these or you will miss out: sessions under this sub-theme will allow you to discover and benefit from EdTech tools, hardware, smart technologies, solutions and innovations for:
⚫ Adaptive learning and Artificial Intelligence ⚫ Access and open learning & teaching ⚫ Authoring tools ⚫ Augmented, immersive, simulations, virtual and wearables ⚫ Blockchain for education ⚫ Brain-friendly learning and cognitive neuroscience advancements ⚫ Managing content in the cloud ⚫ Robots, virtual tutors, chatbots and machine learning ⚫ Smart apps ⚫ Platforms and Learning Management Systems; features and functionalities

Developing learning professionals’ skills and implementing complex change

The future for learning starts with learning professionals: with educators, faculty, HR and L&D, teachers, trainers and researchers. These sessions are about how learning professionals can use technologies to develop, test and sustain continuous learning cultures within their working environment, including topics such as:
⚫ L&D skills for the future ⚫ Driving engagement: design thinking, user experience design and instructional/learning design ⚫ Inclusion, intercultural/generational and life-long learning ⚫ Leadership (development) as strategic priority ⚫ Marketing/influence ⚫ New research and systems for effective pedagogy ⚫ Teacher training

Measurable results and data collection pay-offs

Are we measuring what we value and valuing what we measure? Join these sessions to debate principles, ethics, the interdependent market, the knowledge oligopoly, and using data to shape learning innovation.
⚫ Benchmarking, effectiveness and quality assurance ⚫ Compliance training ⚫ (HR) Analytics ⚫ GDPR impact and transparent data policies ⚫ Network solutions and administration ⚫ Security and identity ⚫ Student information systems ⚫ Real-time assessment, testing and personalisation ⚫ Unbundling, badges, credentials and certification

Programme Formats

OEB is all about the diverse ways in which we shape and support learning for all education stakeholders.

Diversity is at the centre of the engaging and practice-focused formats for 100+ sessions on our agenda:

Workshops and Activities

Half- or full-day workshops, seminars, summits and meetings (between 3-8 hours) offer an agenda filled with activities to develop practical skills and grow deep knowledge. Events are organised by one or multiple facilitators and, as seats are limited, participants are required to sign up to them in advance.

Plenary Sessions

The Opening Plenary, OEB’s annual Debate and Friday Plenaries feature world-class keynote speakers who set the scene for the day – and night!

OEB’s Spotlight Stage

The Spotlight Stage brings a rolling programme with highlighted talks, interviews, debates and performances. Pop in for a burst of left-field inspiration, entertainment and provocation!

Learning and World Cafés

These round-table interactive break-out sessions (between 60-120 minutes) have one or multiple hosts who engage participants with peer-learning activities and discussions.

Panel Discussions

These sessions (60-90 min.) bring together a collective group of 2-5 speakers and a moderator to discuss a pertinent issue or topic. The moderator gathers the panel, introduces the topic and summarises discussions. Each speaker presents his/her views for 5-10 minutes after which time is dedicated for a lively and informative Q&A between panel and participants attending.

Panel Presentations

These sessions (60-90 min.) bring together 2-5 speakers from different backgrounds presenting for 15-20 minutes each on a common topic. Panel Presentations are chaired by an expert in the field who liaises with the panel ahead of the conference to ensure the combination of single talks, presents a unified session-outcome to participants.

Unconference Sessions and Fishbowls

Quickly tap into your own source of wisdom in these sessions in which good ideas and conversation bubble up. Unconferences and Fishbowls (between 60-90 minutes) are hosted by a single facilitator and designed for active participation to spark synergy and building coherence among peers.

Knowledge Factories

The agendas of these workshops (between 60-120 minutes), hosted by one or multiple facilitators, offer practical activities, exercises and strategies participants can take back and implement in their working environments.

Tech Labs

All registered conference participants can sign up to participate in these hands-on BYOD workshops (between 60-120 minutes). They are hosted by one or multiple facilitators who designed specific activities and exercises for participants to take back and implement in their working environments.

Boardroom Dialogues

Topic-focused networking events that encourage communities to connect around shared interests. Each Boardroom Dialogue (60 minutes) is centered around a specific theme or community and led by one to two speakers introducing the topic and facilitating networking or focusing discussions.

Discovery Demos

Discovery demos show tools, next generation materials and pre-release products for learning and training. Five to ten discovery demo speakers are presenting simultaneously at standing tables, giving participants the chance to interact on an informal, one-to-one basis with these developers and creators.

Highlights OEB 2017

Have a look at some sessions from OEB 2017 for real-life examples of our different formats!

1000s of ideas to make learning more rewarding ...

Speakers at OEB in the past few years have included, among others: Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning at MIT; Alan Ryan, Technology Enhanced Learning Lead for HEE and the NHS; Julia Hobsbawm, Expert in Social Health; Roger Schank, AI and cognitive science visionary; Andrew Keen, author and commentator on the digital revolution; Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School; Charles Leadbeater, leading authority on innovation and creativity; Aida Opoku-Mensah, Special Adviser: Post - 2015 Development Agenda United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Author & Professor at Oxford University’s Internet Institute; Nick van Dam, Global Chief Learning Officer at McKinsey & Company; Xavier Durochat, Head of Learning & Development, Change and Transformation at BNP Paribas; Mark Stevenson, futurist, writer and entrepreneur; Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda; Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University; Cory Doctorow, co-editor of the blog Boing Boing and journalist; Andreas Schleicher, statistician, researcher and Director of the OECD Education and Skills Directorate; Aleks Krotoski, Social Psychologist and Broadcaster at the Guardian and many more.


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