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

Berlin, December 2 - 4, 2015

Accelerating the Shift

Modernity is an era of momentous and accelerating change. How can people, businesses and organisations survive? How can they go beyond mere survival to succeed and prosper?

What roles should education and training play in helping us to manage the shift to a new society, a new marketplace or a new reality? What is possible? What are the most important tools for achieving change?

How can we extend the boundaries of possibility? How can we reach beyond the mundane into a new age of innovation, imagination and creativity? How can we open up our horizons? How can we combine technology and learning more effectively to bring about lasting change?

How can we accelerate the shift to a new age of global learning and creativity in which everything is possible?

OEB 2015 will look at the challenge of modernity for education and training. We welcome your proposals for papers on how people, organisations, institutions and societies can use technology-enhanced education and training to accelerate the shift to a new age of opportunity. 

Whether your interest is in formal or informal, workplace or classroom, in the cloud or on the ground, massive, personalised, social, open, corporate, pedagogy or analytics, we would love to hear about your expertise and discoveries: submit your proposal now!

Proposal topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Making it Reality
    • Knowledge management and (social) networking tools
    • Cloud strategies, authoring tools, and platforms for education
    • Developing ICT competencies of learners and learning professionals
    • Physical and virtual learning spaces
    • Managing information and data intelligence
    • Personalisation, adaptive and learner-driven learning
  • Designing Learning Longevity
    • Reforming the curriculum: quality, curation and content development
    • New instructional practices: pedagogy, andragogy and didactics: for blended, flipped, immersive, gamified, social, mobile, immersive and more
    • Learning beyond the course and curriculum: self-directed learning
    • OE, OER, openness and open source
    • Peers, networks and cross-sector collaboration
    • Applying research based evidence
    • Learning from evaluations
  • Broadening Horizons: the Vanguard of Tech
    • Product provision and new tech for learning: VR, augmented, holograms and more
    • Hardware, software, devices, and apps
    • Working and learning with new technologies; wearables, robotics, AI and more
    • Machine learning and deep structural learning
  • New Contexts: Education Technology in Society
    • Accrediting and applying competency-based learning, badges and credits
    • Assessment: analysing efficiency, measuring success and effect
    • The playing field: funding and commercialisation of education
    • Net neutrality
    • Privacy, security and online identity management
    • Ownership and access
    • Neuroscience, cognition, psychology and ICT philosophy
    • Inclusion and equality
  • Employing Multimedia: Video EDUCA

    Video EDUCA specialised sessions aim to teach practical video skills and know-how to anyone interested in using video in their practice, through practical workshops and LABs, as well as discussions about the latest in video pedagogy. Whether you are making videos yourself, commissioning video content or exploring how video is transforming online education, Video EDUCA is for you.

  • Workscapes: Business EDUCA

    These specialised sessions are dedicated to the needs of CLOs, HR professionals and learning and talent development leaders looking to deliver individual potential and business results.

    Discover top strategies to implement and embed workplace learning and develop techniques for nurturing exceptional leadership.

    • Embedding and integrating learning into the workflow
    • Benchmarking and evaluating learning and training
    • Talent development and return on investment
    • Performance support
    • Informal learning at work
    • Entrepreneurship and leadership
    • Apprenticeships and vocational training
  • SELECTION CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES

    The themes and subthemes of OEB 2015 are offered as a guideline and not as a restriction.

    The content selection process is overseen by the Conference Review Committee and guided by feedback collected from participants, the Conference Advisory Committee and associated organisations.

    We always receive many more proposals than we were able to include. As a general rule, approximately one third are accepted. Selection is made on the basis of:

    • the extent to which the proposal can be judged to be innovative and offer practical value to conference participants
    • how relevant the proposal is to the theme of the conference,
    • the experience and knowledge of those making the proposal,
    • whether or not the proposal has been included in the agenda of previous years' conferences, and
    • the practicalities of including the proposal within the conference formats.

    If your application has been successful, we will contact you with the further details of your participation by the end of August, 2015.

    Here is a preview of what to expect as a speaker at OEB:

    • Speakers need to be registered for the conference and are entitled to a reduced participation fee. We will provide registration instructions together with speaker’s acceptance email.
    • OEB speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. When making the arrangements, please have in mind that the main conference takes place on two days (Thursday and Friday, December 3-4), and your proposal can be placed in a session on any of these days. Please do not restrict your attendance to one part of the conference only.
    • Speakers will be asked to provide their biography, photo and, optionally, additional materials, depending on the format of their session. The provided materials will be featured on the OEB website and in the conference Book of Abstracts.
    • Once the conference programme has been announced, speakers will be able to find their speaking slot in the OEB online agenda. Please note that the conference programme is subject to change.
    • Before the conference, speakers will be introduced to the chairperson of their session via email. They will be also provided with a space onsite to discuss the session details in person.
    • Distribution of promotional materials during the session is prohibited. This is a benefit reserved for those who have signed an agreement with the conference organiser for exhibition, sponsorship or support.

Formats

The following formats will be included in the programme:

  • Plenaries

    Four plenary sessions, featuring invited world-class keynote speakers, will set the scene for the event.

    [December 3 and 4, 2015]

  • OEB Spotlight

    Invited special guests feature in a rolling programme of fireside chats, interactive panels, interviews, debates, performances and more under the OEB Spotlight.

    [December 3 and 4, 2015]

  • Pre-Conference Workshops, Seminars and Meetings

    Half- or full-day workshops, seminars and meetings with activities to develop practical skills, in-depth insights and knowledge.

    These events may include several speakers and activities. Registered conference participants are required to sign up separately to take part.

    [December 2, 2015]

    Proposal Form

  • Interactive Breakout Sessions

    Interactive Breakouts engage participants with peer-learning activities and discussions on a specific, significant topic and may include several speakers and activities. They can take the shape of a learning café, a discussion & debate, a crowdsourcing session, an unconference gathering, P2P exchange or a fishbowl etc. Breakout Sessions last between 60 – 120 minutes.

    [December 3 and 4, 2015]

    Proposal Form

  • Presentations as part of Breakout Session

    Presentations brought together based on their topic can also form the basis of a Breakout Session in which a chairperson will purposely foster conversation between different speakers and participants. With brief presentations as a starting point, these sessions last between 60 – 120 minutes.

    [December 3 and 4, 2015]

    Proposal Form

  • Discovery Demos

    Taking place simultaneously in one room, Discovery Demos show next-rev tools, next-generation, materials and pre-release products for the duration of a full session of between 60 – 120 minutes.

    [December 3, 2015]

    Proposal Form

  • Tech Labs

    Tech Labs take place in a room equipped with computers and/or technical equipment, training participants in the use of specific tools and applications for the duration of a full session of between 60 – 120 minutes.

    [December 3 and 4, 2015]

    Proposal Form