Call for Proposals

The Open Education Consortium and the AGH University of Science and Technology, organizers of the Open Education Global Conference 2016, invite proposals for conference sessions to take place in Kraków, Poland April 12-14. The theme of the Open Education Global Conference 2016 is Convergence Through Collaboration.  

The conference will feature five tracks with Convergence through Collaboration as the cross-cutting theme:

  • Integration of Open Practices: Explores the ways that open educational practices are meeting the needs of 21st century education, including formal and informal sectors.  Sessions could include innovative approaches to openness in teaching and learning, continuous improvement using open education, degrees built on OER, etc.
  • Collaboration: Highlights the ways that collaboration enhances efforts in openness. Topics could provide examples of collaborations between institutions and organizations that amplified outcomes, or plans for a collaborative, open future. Proposals discussing synergies and collaborations between and across open access, open source software, open data, open government, open education and other movements are encouraged.
  • Open Education as Strategy: Focuses on the ways that open practices contribute to solving greater problems in education.  Sessions may examine ways that institutions use openness to make educational delivery more efficient, relevant and affordable; open education as a strategy to solve social needs, such as inequality, workforce development and lifelong learning; or how openness supports institutional mission and outreach.
  • Research to Advance Open Education: This track will include research on all aspects of open education, including usage, effectiveness, policy, learning outcomes, data management and analysis, surveys and impact studies.  
  • Open Education Initiatives in Europe: Each year at the Global Conference, we devote time to showcasing local and regional initiatives in open education. This year, we invite presentations that focus on European open education efforts, including emerging practices, project showcases, EU-funded programs, and national and regional initiatives.


Session Formats

Your proposal should indicate the type of session you are requesting:

Presentation: Traditional conference presentations by one or more authors, followed by Q&A. Presentations must provide an in-depth examination of the topic(s) of interest. Presentation proposals should include a full description of what will be presented. Each presentation, including Q&A, lasts 30 minutes. Presenters have the option to prepare a paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings, which should be submitted by February 15, 2016.

Panel: Panels are moderated sessions of experts discussing a topic, designed to give the audience different perspectives. Panels should be organized as short introductory (10 minute) presentations by panel members followed by interactive discussion with the audience. Panel proposals should include the topics each panelist plans on addressing, intended audience and expected outcomes for the session. Panel discussions will last 60 minutes.

Open Education Action Lab: Action Labs are action-oriented, hands-on sessions. These sessions could take the form of a workshop, a brainstorming discussion, a demonstration, or a participatory how-to session.  The Open Education Action Lab is intended to train participants, engage them in thoughtful discussion, provide the opportunities for feedback, and incubate new projects and ideas.  Action Lab proposals should describe the intended content, goals of the session, and forms of interaction with participants.  Action Lab sessions can range in length from 30 minutes to 3 hours (please indicate your desired length in your proposal).

Demonstrations/Poster Session: Demonstrations/poster sessions are designed to provide opportunities for informal discussions with colleagues about specific projects, including interactive and hands-on use. Poster/demonstration session should provide information on the project or topic that would be easy to understand in 5-15 minutes.  

*** All presenters are required to register for the conference by February 10, 2016.


Review Criteria

We encourage proposals that are original, engaging, significant, of high quality, clear and relevant.

  • Original: the proposal explores a new idea, project or issue; discusses new research; or presents new ways of considering existing information
  • Engaging: presentation format will involve the audience in some way, or has high potential to attract conference attendees by addressing needs of the community
  • Significant: the proposal raises and discusses issues important to improving the effectiveness and/or sustainability of open education efforts, and its contents can be broadly disseminated and understood
  • High Quality: claims are supported by sufficient data; claims draw upon relevant literature; and limitations are described honestly
  • Clear: the intended outcomes of the session are easily understood
  • Relevant: the proposal addresses one or more conference tracks



  • Submissions Due: extended to November 27th
  • Acceptance Announcements: week of December 14, 2015
  • Speaker Registration Deadline: February 10, 2016
  • Final Papers Due (optional, for inclusion in conference proceedings): February 15, 2016

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Publication in Proceedings and Filming

The accepted extended abstracts will be made available on the conference website. Different talks may be filmed during the conference and made available online afterwards. Presentation slides  will also be available after the conference. Full papers are optional, and the papers will be available as a part of the Conference e-proceedings. 



All submissions and presentations must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( By submitting a proposal you agree to these terms.


Call for Proposals in Chinese (Traditional)

* Thanks to the Taiwan Open Course Consortium in translating the CFP and reaching out to the local community.

**If you have the CFP translated into your language, please let us know at We will link your page from the conference website.