OpenLearning Presents

The OpenLearning Course Challenge

Build your best online course and win a trip to Sydney for #OLConf2019.

Yes, you read that right! 

We’re reaching out to budding and experienced online course creators, with the chance to win an all-expenses-paid 4-day, 3-night trip to Sydney to attend the OpenLearning Conference 2019.

Don’t worry if you’ve never built a course before—there are no prerequisites, and the OpenLearning team will be supporting you at every step of the way.


Register for the challenge below and we’ll keep you up-to-date and on track with our favourite Learning Design tips!

If you’re already on an OpenLearning Educator Account, please use the email address associated with your account.

Eligibility Criteria

We invite you to build and submit an OpenLearning course on the theme of ‘Educating the Future Workforce’ by  23:59:59 PST on the 31st of August, 2019.

All you need is an OpenLearning Educator Account (EA). Sign-up for one today at


Anyone with an existing subscription or trial version of the EA may participate in this challenge by submitting their course before the deadline.

Just 3 Steps to Enter:

Register for the challenge with the email address linked to your OpenLearning account.

Create a course on the theme, ‘Educating the Future Workforce’

Submit the course completion form with supporting documents

Sit back and relax—winners will be announced early October.


Register Now

Submit by

31st Aug 2019


Sep 2019


of attendance 

Oct 2019

OL Conference

26 - 27 Nov 2019

Entry Guidelines

  • You may build a course on any topic that relates to the conference theme: Educating the Future Workforce. Acceptable topics could include, but are not limited to: soft skills, talent development and management courses such as conflict management, stress management, communication skills, company culture, customer service, emotional intelligence, productivity, storytelling, change management, creativity, adaptability, time management, analytical reasoning, people management, UX design, automation and cloud computing.


  • Course Length: approx. 2-5 learning hours

  • The built-in Course Setup Wizard will guide you through the steps of building a great course—you must go through each of these steps. If you’d like more help with this, check out our series of Course Creator Guides.

  • While it's not a requirement to turn your course online, you may consider launching and run your course after you've completed designing it!

  • Courses which focus on creating a rich and engaging, social learning experience for students will have a higher chance of performing well in this challenge. For example, courses which have a range of activities that actively involve students in the learning experience: from discussing ideas and sharing real-world examples, all the way through to creating learning artefacts, collaborating together on group work and projects, and applying concepts and reflecting on what has been learned. Read the OpenLearning’s Course Design Criteria section below for more details. 

  • Only one (1) entry is allowed. To increase your chances of winning, make sure you are following OpenLearning’s Course Design Criteria—get a copy of this here:



Worth approx : A$ 3,000

  • 1 return flight to Sydney

  • 4-day, 3-night accommodation

  • Conference Pass & a presentation slot

  • One (1) year subscription to an OpenLearning Educator Account

  • Featured on the OpenLearning blog and social media channels

  • Certificate of Participation


Worth approx : A$ 1,000

  • Conference Pass & a presentation slot

  • One (1) year subscription to an OpenLearning Educator Account

  • Featured on the OpenLearning blog and social media channel

  • Certificate of Participation

Ready to teach the world?

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Give yourself the best shot at winning the challenge by keeping the Course Quality Criteria close to hand.

Be sure to sign up here to stay on track:

Any Questions?

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