Alive and Well at the Forefront of Open Education

Open education is growing and flourishing around the world. OEGlobal 2018 shows just how alive and well it is. This years conference at TU Delft in the Netherlands features over 150 presentations done by open education leaders from over 50 countries. Sessions cut across nine open education tracks including; open education practices, policies, research, tools, innovation, connections, institutionalizing, formal education and student perspectives. A complete program schedule can be found at http://oeglobal.sched.com/.

Special keynotes will cover such diverse topics as:

  • The (digital) future and transformation of universities
  • Working at the intersection of open research and open education
  • UNESCO policy update
  • Innovative learning in a museum context, and
  • Free-range learning in the digital age: the role of open resources in defining what the future holds

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be making the keynotes open to all, even those unable to attend in person, through a livestream available off the OEGlobal conference website.

Preceding the OEGlobal conference, TU Delft is hosting a pre-conference on Monday 23 April where it will share its involvement in open & online education and introduce you to some of the exciting projects TU Delft has to offer. TU Delft is a world leader in open education and recently launched a strategic framework that includes openness so this event is sure to be illuminating.

As of April 3rd there are 314 OEGlobal registered attendees from 57 countries. Intriguingly over 50% of them are attending for the first time. To help newcomers get the most out of attending the Open Education Consortium is hosting a webinar on April 10. Interest in open education is high and more and more people are getting involved.

In addition to the formal program, the Open Education Consortium will be handing out the Open Education Awards of Excellence on Tuesday April 24 at an opening reception and awards ceremony. Award recipients have already been announced. Find out who they are and learn more about their work at http://www.oeconsortium.org/projects/open-education-awards-for-excellence/. Help us congratulate and amplify their outstanding work through social media.

Attendance at OEGlobal is very social and we encourage you to meet new people and form networks of connections with others that you can learn from or collaborate with. To foster social networking the Open Education Consortium is hosting a Gala Dinner Wednesday April 25 in the historic courtyard of the Museum Prinsenhof Delft.

And to close things out, after the conference, Delft will be engaging in King’s Day celebrations. This makes for a wonderful end to the conference with celebrations throughout the city centre – bells sound, bands play, children perform, deals are made, bargains are found, drinks are consumed, and above all, love, laughter and smiles abound. What a send off to OEGlobal. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Paul Stacey
Executive Director, Open Education Consortium