Theme 2017: Learning Uncertainty

Uncertainty is the defining characteristic of our age. Can we learn to live with it? Can we accept it, manage it and even thrive on it? We live in an age of acceleration. We are in the midst of a sea-change - a profound, transformative shift in knowledge, experience and perception. It is a new era defined by technology, globalisation, information and, above all, uncertainty. 

Our uncertainty is born of the rapid and continuing change around us. Technology is already developing faster than we can learn the skills we need to use it. Information is the world's most valuable commodity. Demographic change, political turbulence, economic challenges and environmental threats confront us. There has always been uncertainty but this is different. We are facing the end of stability. Are we ready for this new era? Are businesses, governments and societies really prepared for our uncertain future?

Can we live with uncertainty? Could we benefit from it? How can we use volatility and instability to our advantage? How can we weather the storms? How should universities, colleges, schools and workplaces adapt? What should employers do now to plan for the flexible workforce they will need in the future? 

Can we learn uncertainty? Is it a language or an equation, a philosophy or a science? How should it be taught? And how can we learn uncertainty when the future of learning itself is uncertain?

OEB 2017 is about acknowledging uncertainty and preparing for it. It is about how transformative education, training and learning can equip businesses, organisations and individuals with the skills to survive and prosper in our new era.


Adapting for Action

Collaborating to Compete

Redefining Learning Technology

Designing to Engage

Enhancing New Skills Learning

Made to Measure Learning

Programme Formats

OEB is all about the diverse ways in which we shape learning.

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

Pre-Conference Workshops

Half- or full-day workshops, seminars and meetings with activities to develop practical skills, in-depth insights and knowledge. Pre-conference workshops must be signed up to in advance.

Plenary Sessions

The Opening Plenary, the OEB Debate and the Friday Plenaries feature world-class keynote speakers who will set the scene for the day – and night! Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media to be kept up to date.

Interactive Breakout Sessions

Interactive breakout sessions engage participants with peer-learning activities and discussions in numerous formats, including round-table learning cafes, debates, crowdsourcing sessions, unconference gatherings, P2P exchanges and fishbowls. 

The Spotlight Stage

The OEB Spotlight Stage features a rolling programme of interactive formats, including interviews, debates, pitching sessions and performances. Pop in for a burst of left-field inspiration, entertainment and provocation!

The OEB Boardroom

Unique OEB Boardroom knowledge exchanges provide the opportunity to expand perspectives on a variety of issues. Ideal for collaboration!

Networking Sessions

These sessions support networking opportunities around key topics related to the themes of the event. The main objectives of each session is to provide a unique chance to interact with stakeholders in the field, develop new professional relationships, exchange information and share experiences and insights.

Discovery Demos

Discovery demos show off next-rev tools, next generation materials and pre-release products and give the chance to interact on an informal basis with developers and creators.

Tech Labs

Follow the glow of the screens into one of the hands-on tech labs which offer training in the use of various tools and applications.

Submit a Proposal

Submit Your Ideas

Become involved in shaping the agenda by proposing a topic, talk or session by May 29th, 2017.

Accepted papers by registered speakers will be included in the published OEB Conference Book of Abstracts 2017. The ISBN number is 978-3-941055-47-6.