SlideWiki at OEB Global 2017 – Shaping the future of learning

Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University) was in Berlin on December 6-8 to present the SlideWiki project at the OEB Global 2017 conference. OEB (Online Educa Berlin) Global brings participants to the forefront of learning and technology developments, gives new insights on opportunities and challenges that are changing the world of learning, and shows the latest best practices from leading organisations. More than 2,000 particpants attended the event, comprising a diverse audience of policy makers, higher education leaders, chief learning officers, technology & learning experts, learning and development professionals, change managers, ICT administrators, online learning curriculum designers and more.

OEB Global enables participants to discover new opportunities for cross border and cross sectoral collaboration and make connections with policy makers, higher education leaders and ICT administrators, academics, technology experts, workplace learning and development specialists: those at the forefront of shaping the future of digital learning. For 23 years, OEB Global has pushed boundaries, challenged preconceptions and catalysed new ideas on shaping the future of digital learning through innovations in the exhibition, interventions from participants and new forms of dialogue.

This year, the conference’s theme was Learning Uncertainty:

Uncertainty is the defining characteristic of our age. Can we learn to live with it? Can we accept it, manage it and even thrive on it? We live in an age of acceleration. We are in the midst of a sea-change – a profound, transformative shift in knowledge, experience and perception. It is a new era defined by technology, globalisation, information and, above all, uncertainty.

Alexander delivered a hands-on workshop in this event as part of the SlideWiki project’s initiative in developing a collaborative open courseware authoring platform and collecting feedback from the online education community. This workshop offered the opportunity to participants to get acquainted with the newly launched SlideWiki platform and its functionalities for collaborative authoring of open courseware, crowdsourced translation of educational content, as well as social networking. The workshop was well attended and offered opportunities for discussions not only about the SlideWiki platform, but also about the future of open educational resources and open education.

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