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22 – 24, 2023

Session Format Details

Formats reflect the diverse ways in which the event supports knowledge exchange for all education and training stakeholders. They are designed to inspire, create new knowledge, showcase, engage and debate. Making sure that active participation fully connects you with the boldest new thinking, shaping the future of learning and training.


Participants: What to Expect?

  • Half- and full-day Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, November 23 offer an agenda filled with activities to develop practical skills and in-depth insights. Events take a hands-on approach to explore practical solutions. Prior registration is required and the workshops may be fee-based.
  • Plenary Sessions feature world-class keynote speakers who share their take on pertinent issues on the future of learning. A Plenary at 18:00 on Wednesday, Nov 23 kicks off the event. The Opening Plenary and OEB’s annual Debate take place on Thursday, Nov 24 and two further Plenaries are held on Friday, Nov 25.
  • The OEB Spotlight Stage features a rolling programme with talks, interviews and debates and invites participants to pop in for a burst of inspiration, entertainment and provocation.
  • Boardroom Dialogues are topic-focused networking events that encourage communities to connect around shared interests. Each Boardroom Dialogue is centered around a specific theme or community and is introduced by a speaker who will facilitate networking and brings focus to the discussion.
  • Discovery Demos allow you to test tools, next generation materials and pre-release products for learning and training. Developers and creators will be present with laptops at standing tables, giving you the chance to find out about their work up-close and interact on an informal, one-to-one basis.
  • The agendas of interactive How Tos, Tech Labs and Learning Cafés offer peer-learning activities, group discussions, exercises, and strategies you can take back and implement in your working environments.
  • Panel Discussions and Presentations bring together a group of speakers and a chairperson to discuss a pertinent issue or topic. Usually, each speaker presents his/her views after which time is dedicated for a lively and informative Q&A between the panel and participants attending.
  • Free Exhibition Seminars and Networking Side Events take place during all conference days. These sessions are open to visitors.


Speakers: Prepare for Your Format

  • Half- and full-day Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, November 23 cover specific learning goals and outcomes for attendees and have a detailed agenda for a specific audience. The OEB team will discuss the organisation of these 3 - 6 hour events in detail with facilitator(s).
  • A Boardroom Dialogue is a 60 minute session led by a single speaker who presents their insights (15 minutes) and after this will guide/facilitate a conversation on the topic between those attending. For this, speakers are asked to prepare a short agenda with discussion points, so that everyone attending can learn from each other as a group and build connections between those interested in the topic.
  • The Discovery Demo format is designed to showcase a variety of projects, programmes, activities, free tools and solutions in an informal setting. A small table is provided for each speakers' laptops. Feedback and insights from colleagues on the innovative developments presented by speakers are especially encouraged. The entire 90-minutes session offers a chance to interact on an informal one-to-one basis (no slides). You could call the discovery demos a "show & tell" session where the audience from all sectors will be able to come in and go around the room and up to each presenter, to discuss and discover more about their work and how this can be applied in their context.
  • Round-tables such as How Tos (short workshops), Tech Labs (BYOD workshops) and Learning Cafés are designed for small group discussion of specialised topics, with the facilitator/moderator leading the discussion or the short workshop. This participatory format allows for a highly interactive session lasting between 60-90 minutes. Typically, many round-table discussions happen concurrently in a large open room. Facilitator(s)/moderator(s) will divide the time, so participants can visit multiple tables during the session.
  • 10 to 15 minutes traditional stand-up Presentations (by single speakers) are grouped in a longer curated session with several other presentations of related content/on an overarching topic to form a Panel. The focus of these sessions is on sharing information and a chairperson will identifiy and support opportunities for this, as well as for engagement and interaction.
  • Panel Discussions are four- to five-person panels that focus on vibrant topics of current concern and professional interest. They are a chance to compare experts’ disciplinary expertise quickly with an active, participating audience. Submissions require a designated chair to organise and facilitate the interchange between the panel and the audience. Submissions for Panel Discussions should identify panel members and the expertise each member contributes to the session (panel proposals need to include actual panellists’ names instead of placeholders). This format will be scheduled as one 60/90-minute session.
  • Free Exhibition Seminars and Networking Side Events: Exhibitors will be able upgrade their presence with a Seminar Package which includes a 30-minute speaking slot in a dedicated room for these Seminars. Content may be proposed after a conversation with the OEB team.