The Social Learning Conference 2017: Recap

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We’ve successfully wrapped up our biggest event of the year! In association with MEIPTA, OpenLearning hosted its first ever Social Learning Conference on the 27-28 of November 2017. The two-day conference saw close to 130 attendees from Australia, Asia, Europe, and more.

Now that the dust has settled from the conference buzz, we want to take a moment to recap the top 3 highlights of #OLConf2017 for our users.



1. Keynote speakers from all around the world

It was very exciting to see an event that we’ve been preparing for the last 8 months to come to life.

We invited five inspiring keynote speakers from all over the world.

Day 1

i. Prof. Richard Buckland from the University of New South Wales opened the event.

ii. This was followed by Prof. Grainne Conole from University of Leicester addressing the theme “Community, Connectedness & Contribution” for future learning. 

iii. Prof. Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail from University Sains Malaysia presented her talk on “Beyond Content & Quizzes”.

Day 2

i. Prof. Mahnaz Moallem from University of North Carolina Wilmington opened the event with her keynote on “Rethinking Assesment”. 

ii. This was followed by Prof. Peter Reimann from the University of Sydney presenting his talk on “Behavioural Analytics”. 

Alongside the keynote presentations, we conducted panel discussion sessions on each day.

The first panel discussion was on transforming learning experiences within universities. This was facilitated by Maria Spies from Navitas Ventures, Sandra Wills from Charles Sturt University and Peter Scott from UTS.

The second panel discussion was moderated by Danial Rahman, Press Secretariat at The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia with Brooke Hahn, Chief Learning Officer of OpenLearning, Dr. Alyani Ismail, Chair of MEIPTA and Geoffrey Crisp, PVC of Education at UNSW as panelists. It was an insightful discussion about exploring the design of learning experiences across industries





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2. Gathering of social learning enthusiasts 

It was amazing to see more than 130 educators, students, and learning designers to connect with like-minded people and share their passion for social learning.

Many key people and organisations shaping the edu-tech industry today were present at the event. We loved seeing the attendees engaged in meaningful presentations and conversations throughout the conference.






3. The official Social Learning Conference course

Missed out on #OLConf17? Don’t worry, we have your back! Presentations and keynote slides were uploaded onto the Social Learning Conference Course. These materials are still available online and are accessible to everyone for free.

It was a real honour to host the conference and establish a platform for industry leaders to come and exchange ideas. On behalf of the Social Learning Conference team, we look forward to seeing all of you again in Malaysia next year!

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