ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the largest global conference on technology supported learning and training for the corporate, education and public service sectors.
The 19th edition brought together 2,195 delegates from 91 countries, 318 speakers and 84 exhibitors. ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the front-running event for learning professionals to discover innovative solutions, absorb new thinking and bring home ideas in order to take action and implement change. The theme of this year’s edition was “Learning Moves”.
The diverse programme of parallel sessions and workshops explored a vast range of topics across the e-learning spectrum, from workplace training to e-health, video education to learning analytics, from hands-on skills building to trend analysis.
Plenaries at the conference explored big data, education 3.0, life-long and global learning; the hugely popular, and widely copied, OEB debate battled over the motion “This house believes MOOCs are doomed”.
Meanwhile, in the thronging exhibition area, participants discovered the latest services, products and trends on display from 84 international exhibitors.
ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN returns in 2014, 3 – 5 December, for its 20th edition. Join us as we reflect on two decades of astounding e-learning developments and look forward to many more to come.
View the ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013 conference programme here.
I have been to OEB four times, including the very first session 18 years ago. This year's - 2012 - was the best, from my viewpoint.
Julian Swindell, Royal Agricultural College, UK
A really enjoyable event, nice pace of sessions and did not feel rushed.
Lucy Stone, British Swimming, UK
I'm impressed with how you get everything to move along so smoothly. The arrangement and the ability to connect in social networks makes OEB is the place you just have to be - every year!
Frank A. Baklid, Bærum Kommune, Norway
Enjoyed the conference and venue very much, much better than Learning Technologies in London! A great opportunity to hear about the latest developments in the industry and to network with fellow professionals, making some new friends along the way!
Matt Day, European Astronaut Centre (Telespazio VEGA), Germany
I really liked the Business Educa sessions. I cannot think about anyone in particular, but mostly all of those sessions were clear, they had a goal and it promoted interaction with the audience. Extremely useful. Please continue with those. Specially the short lightning talks with the limit of 20 slides that change automatically.
Sandra Brás, RIPE NCC, The Netherlands
Took away what I needed and what was relevant to me - thank you.
Pernille Ravnskov, SOS Alarm AB, Sweden
What’s really impressive to me about the conference is that there are delegates from all around the world. It’s rare, for me at least, to go to a conference where there are so many different people from so many different countries. It’s really great walking from table to table and from booth to booth, hearing different languages and different perspectives on things. It makes for great conversation, and I think it’s nice to have an organisation and an event that really tries to breed that kind of atmosphere as much as possible.
Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile, USA
Very good, I was glad I attended. Thank you for all your efforts to make it so good!
Maria R Malmierca, Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA), Spain
For me, it was fascinating to see how many people from across the world are interested in learning about the application of technology to education, but I was also very impressed by the number of people who were challenging the assumption that technology is always good. We have to be very careful that we use technology as a tool, not as an end in itself. That was very good for me to see and very useful for me to hear.
Ayesha Khanna, Founder and Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Singapore
The thing I’m looking forward to most about OEB 2012 is gaining a broader insight into cutting edge innovations through interaction with the participants here, and learning what’s potentially going to change education for the better in the next five to ten years.
Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Strategist, Pearson, UK
Thank you for a good conference. I learned some, I was reminded of some, I missed something, but I loved the two days of doing something else. My students/kids loved that I came back with new tools for them to use in their education.
Linda Mersland, AA ungdomsskole (Senter for IKT i utdanningen), Norway
Again the most exciting and truly international conference on technology-enhanced learning this year.
Christian M. Stracke, eLC / University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
One of the things I loved here was the mix of the yin and yang of this kind of work – the art and the science. I think that this coming together is going to make it exciting going forward. ONLINE EDUCA is a catalytic conversation among people from all around Europe who are excited about improving and expanding learning. It’s great to be a part of this!
Mark David Milliron, Chancellor of Western Governors University, Texas, USA
This is my first ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN. I’ve met a lot of very interesting people doing very interesting things, and getting a European perspective on approaches to things like content management systems – digital content especially – has been great for me to see.
Michael Trucano, Senior ICT and Education Policy Specialist, The World Bank, USA
OEB has been good food for thought! It’s always a pleasure to be in Germany because they look after you so well here. But then also, because you’re so well looked after, you’ve got a lot of time to think more clearly!
Michael Grigsby, Film Director, UK
As a newcomer to e-learning environment, excellent introduction to get my mind in the right place.
Lynn Gregory, Ikea Limited, UK
It opened a world that I want to explore.
Helena Janse van Vuuren, North West University, South Africa
ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN offers a vast array of different experiences and opportunities. Insights from behavioural science will enhance these wonderful innovations.
Steve Martin, INFLUENCE AT WORK, UK
Excellent speakers made the difference. It was both professionally inspiring and intellectually challenging!
Fred Truyen, KU Leuven CS Digital, Belgium
I was enthused with the level of organisation, the quality of the presentations, the professional networking and the sheer transformation that technological advancement is enabling in learning and education across the world. Representing the African Development Bank at the invitation of Speexx gave us an opportunity to showcase the Bank’s role in knowledge management and capacity development of Africa. I have received emails from participants that expressed appreciation about the Learning Platform that has been deployed to the 54 African countries; and also on the balanced data presented on the two faces of Africa. A participant from China said the presentation intrigued him and has made him to read more about the various countries of Africa since he went back. Thanks ICWE for giving the African Development Bank a podium for expression.
Awuese Oku, African Development Bank, Tunisia