Following our first conference in Sydney, Australia in 2017, The OpenLearning Conference has become an annual gathering for academics and experts through a series of insightful keynotes, paper presentations, lively discussions, interactive workshops and extensive networking opportunities.
Last year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we were glad to see many key stakeholders, with more than 170 international participants, addressing the role of education technology in scaling quality education while ensuring that education is seen as a lifelong endeavour. We hope to continue building upon these collaborations in the future.
OpenLearning Conference 2018 – Scaling Quality Education
OpenLearning Conference 2019 – Educating The Future Workforce
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, its disruptive and constructive impact can be felt within our personal and professional lives. One the one hand, technological advances within the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Computing, amongst others, have made our daily dealings more convenient and efficient. On the other hand, these developments have led to the loss of jobs at all levels of the workforce – be they low or high skilled.
Erik Brynjolfsson, an MIT professor struck a positive tone when he said, “Technology has always been destroying jobs, and it has always been creating jobs.” Echoing this, the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report 2018 stated that “By 2022, 75 million jobs will be lost to automation, but 133 million will emerge as technology advances.”
In order to fulfil demands for the future workforce, companies are seeking the right talent with the right – and specialised – skill sets. This has led to a rise in demand for new strategies and approaches to reskill and upskill by way of “knowledge equipping” and “knowledge production”. New pedagogical techniques and educational approaches within the teaching and learning framework should align with, if not be ahead of, the ongoing evolution of workforce expectations.
Thus, The OpenLearning Conference 2019 seeks to address questions, including but not limited to: Are education systems able to produce a new type of graduate for these new types of jobs? In the context of changing workforce market conditions, what are the required skill sets for the future? Are we equipping society with lifelong learning habits to be agile and adaptable? And equally important, does everyone have similar opportunities to survive and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Join us in working together towards the changing world of work!
OpenLearning.com is an education technology company which empowers educators and education providers to deliver meaningful learning experiences and prepare learners for future workforce challenges. We provide an online lifelong learning platform for educators to transform their expertise into world-class courses and marketing support to attract students from around the world.
We are advocates of social learning, which inspires our three core philosophies: community and connectedness, authentic active learning experiences, and student empowerment. The platform is designed with a familiar social media feel to engage learners in intrinsically motivated deep learning.
OpenLearning partners with higher education institutions and connects with passionate educators. This provides us with a wealth of insight and informs our approach to building effective learning environments. We began as a coming-together of academics and educators in both computer engineering and education – this cross-disciplinary expertise is our greatest strength.
Our goal is to provide equal access to quality education across the globe and to use technology as a means of moving beyond traditional instructivist approaches towards constructivist learning environments. Our learning philosophy is built into the platform, while the content and design can be tailored to the needs of respective learners.
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