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OEB18, Berlin, Germany 5-7 December 2018

The OEB18 took place in Berlin, Germany  5-7 December 2018. The theme this year was DIVERSE, COLLABORATE, TRANSFORM. OEB Global, incorporating Learning Technologies Germany brought participants to the forefront of learning and technology developments, giving new insights on opportunities and challenges that are changing the world of learning. The latest best practice from leading organizations was there, allowing participants to meet, discuss and network with policymakers, higher education leaders, chief learning officers, technology and learning experts, learning and development professionals, change managers, ICT administrators, online learning curriculum designers and many many more. The OEB18 had a unique, cross-sector focus, fostering exchange between the corporate, education and public service sectors. In short 2,000+ international learning professionals from over 80 countries, brought together their expertise and experiences, about 100+ exhibitors, ranging from established global learning and technology market leaders to emerging EdTech start-ups, and some 100+ sessions in various formats: hands-on workshops, plenaries, interactive breakout sessions, discussions and debates, labs, demos and performances.

I had three sessions during OEB18.

1. The Impact of Innovative Learning Spaces (Workshop)

2. Roadmaps for Open Education Leadership Symposium and takeaways, lessons learned from the Open Education Leadership Summit, Paris 3-4 December 2018

3. Taking OER from Commitment to action

In short the presentations and linkes are given below

The Impact of Innovative Learning Spaces (Workshop)

The workshop gathered some 4o delegates and was fully-booked already in early autumn. The Workshop engaged participants in the emerging theme of innovative learning spaces in a digital era. It was designed for active participation and collaboration and was facilitated in a learning café format to ensure sharing and exchange best practice for innovative learning spaces, and to explore key areas and characteristics of innovative learning spaces with peers. In addition, under the guidance of the Workshop’s expert facilitator (me), we elaborated on leadership, characteristics and stakeholder involvement in order to cultivate a culture of innovative qualitative learning spaces. In short, we focused on how to create and cultivate a true culture of innovative learning spaces at the micro, meso, and macro levels. Read the Insight paper I wrote before the conference here Read more about the workshop here


Space, whether physical or virtual, has an impact on learning. It not only brings people together – it can encourage and facilitate exploration, collaboration, and discussion. Space may include, for example, living space, physical space, social space, or intellective space. Space has to be considered both for informal and formal learning as these merges and lines between them blur.

Roadmaps for Open Education Leadership Symposium and takeaways, lessons learned from the Open Education Leadership Summit, Paris 3-4 December 2018

As open education goes mainstream there are growing opportunities for open education leaders to strategically join forces to leverage the unique opportunities open education brings. The Open Education Leadership Summit (OELS18) in Paris, brought together open education leaders from around the world to document open education initiatives and combine them in coordinated and collaborative ways. Development of roadmaps for existing local open education initiatives was used as a means to document what is currently happening. Those roadmaps were then used to build regional and global roadmaps that combine efforts in coordinated and collaborative ways. The conference was a collaboration with ICDE, Open Education Consortium and The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, MESRI, and the Ministry of National Education and Youth, MENJ, of France.

At the OEB18 several of us from the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee presented on lessons learned from the Open Education Leadership Summit, Paris 3-4 December 2018.

Taking OER from Commitment to action

Panel speakers from different sectors share examples showing the potential of Open Educational Resources. Audience members were invited to join in a general discussion on the future of OER. Policy issues, as SDG and CTD10+  as well as practical issues, were elaborated, as for example NDLA. The SDG and 

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