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List of Digital Learning Conferences Going Virtual Due to Coronavirus

Digital learning conferences worldwide are going virtual due to the pandemic. Here’s a list.

Digital Conferences due to Coronavirus

As the pandemic and the global travel restrictions continue, many conferences and events on digital learning that we published at the beginning of this year have been cancelled or shifted to a virtual format.

Below is a list of upcoming virtual events. We’ll be updating the list as new ones appear and add the links to the recordings of the past events if available. If you know about more online conferences, please let us know in the comments.

Upcoming events:

Building Authentic Confidence in the Workplace
November 10, 2020 12pm – 1pm CET

Along the session and final Q&A, Dr. Jaquie Brassey (Director of Learning at McKinsey) will develop insights and practical solutions to advance Authentic Confidence in the workplace. Essential skills that should be integrated into every university- and leadership program that is serious about the world of tomorrow! This webinar is offered by the IE Center For Corporate Learning Innovation.

Reimagine Education
December 8 – 10, 2020

The conference promises an interaction approach with extensive opportunities to connect with fellow educators, edtech entrepreneurs, investors, and academic leaders. The call for application will close on September 13, 2020.

Learning And Development Strategy at Novartis
December 11, 2020 3pm – 4pm CET

Simon Brown (Chief Learning Officer at Novartis) will share how NOVARTIS is “going big on learning”. Their business strategy learning is essential to succeed and create the critical business capabilities that allow them to stay on the forefront of innovation. Join the webinar and final Q&A to find out how he and his team are fostering an environment where continuous learning, developing curious minds and a desire to learn are encouraged across 108,000 employees in the pharmaceutical and healthcare field. This webinar is offered by the IE Center For Corporate Learning Innovation.

Past events:

Coursera Virtual Conference
April 21, 2020

Coursera invites its academic and industry partners annually to discuss current trends and challenges in the MOOC world. This year, Coursera has moved the conference to virtual delivery and made it available to everyone for free. It is dedicated to the topic “The Digital Transformation of Higher Education COVID-19 and Beyond”.

Recordings are now available:

EADTU Webinar on Joining Online Education
April 21, 2020

Organized by The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), this free 90-minute webinar consists of three hands-on presentations to support students and teachers cope with the quick switch from on-campus to online sessions.

Recording is available here.

21st Century Math: Engaging Online Students in Multi-sensory Learning
April 23, 2020

Here is a free virtual conference for teachers to discover new opportunities to teach mathematics online. Among the speakers is Dr. Keith Devlin from Stanford University. His MOOC Introduction to Mathematical Thinking is ranked one of ALL-TIME Best Online Courses on Class Central.

EADTU-EU Online Summit
April 30, 2020

The summit is organized by The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) with the theme “Digital Transformation and Innovation in Education”. Topics include the Common Microcredential Framework (CMF), Short Learning programs and European Maturity Model for Blended Education (EMBED). It’s free to register.

Recordings are available here.

Webinar | Facebook and Higher Education Partnerships
May 07, 2020

The webinar, provided by Facebook, will summarise why and how Facebook has developed learning offerings for students and educators. It will also explain what content experiences are coming next. No registration fee but an EDUCAUSE profile is needed for this event.

Recordings are available here.

EdTechX Summit Online
May 12-13, 2020

EdTechX Europe has decided to bring the live event, which was scheduled to be held on Thursday 18 June at Tobacco Dock, to 12-13 May as a global virtual gathering. With the theme “COVID-19: The Disrupter of Education and Work”, it will offer attendees immediate access to our 60+ sessions from 70+ speakers.

Affordable Degree-at-Scale Symposium
May 13, 2020 2:30 – 5:00 pm EST

At the Affordable Degree-at-Scale Symposium, representatives of four universities (MIT, GT, UW Continuum College, UC Davis) will be presenting their online degree programs as alternative cost-effective education during COVID19 pandemic. It’s free to register.

Rutgers Online Learning Conference
June 1, 2020

The 2020 Rutgers Online Learning Conference will take place completely online. The one day conference serves as a cross-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to online, hybrid, and technology assisted face-to-face learning. Check out the online courses of Rutgers University here.

Learning from Disruption: Exploring what Counts in Higher Education
June 3-4, 2020

Organized by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in Scotland (QAA Scotland), the conference focuses on the evidence and experiences gathered from a period of disruption and asks how this might shape future higher education design, delivery and the wider student experience. The event will allow delegates from across the world to connect, exchange views, identify shared values and explore how higher education is likely to change, both as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and to meet future challenges.

Webinar on Instructional Design And Course Planning for OER
June 10, 2020

Organized by the Online Learning Consortium, the webinar gives an introduction to instructional design and course development for Open Educational Resources (OER). Free.

ICELW 2020
June 10-12, 2020

The ICELW program will explore a broad spectrum of topics relating to e-learning in the workplace and the use of technology to improve job performance.

OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference
June 15-26, 2020

Focusing on “Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning”, the joint conference presented by Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT offers 160+ sessions of live-stream and on-demand recordings.

Media & Learning Online Conference
June 17-18, 2020 11:00-16:30 (CEST)

Media & Learning Online is a free two-day online conference on scaling up and providing access to video based services in higher education. It will feature talks and discussions drawing in part on the experiences of universities all over the world in scaling up their video based services in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register here.

29th EDEN ANNUAL Conference 2020
June 21-24, 2020

The annual conference of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) is a three days event, preceded by the PhD Symposium on June 21. Find selected keynote presentations of previous EDEN conferences here or read through the award-winning research papers of the past years here. Registration fee for non-EDEN members is 150 EUR.

The Future of EdTech
June 30, 2020 – 9:00 – 13:00 (BST)

This full-scale policy conference will examine the future for education technology in England and the next steps in the implementation of the Government’s EdTech strategy. The keynote will be presented by Caroline Wright, Director General at the British Educational Suppliers Association and Member of the Department for Education EdTech Leadership Group. Check out the Agenda here.

21st International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education
July 6-10, 2020

The AIED 2020 conference theme will be “Augmented Intelligence to Empower Education”. Neil Heffernan from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Yvonne Rogers from University College London, Andreas Schleicher from OECD, and Jim Knight from TES Global Ltd. will be delivering a keynote. Here is the four day program.

Course Hero Virtual Education Summit 2020 
July 29-31, 2020

The event will include three days of research sharing, presidential panel conversations, campus reopening discussion forums, online teaching demonstrations, learning science workshops, participatory breakout sessions for focused conversations, social events for network building, family programming (to keep the young learners entertained), yoga and wellness hours, musical interludes by emerging student artists, and even a DJ for some virtual movemaking.

Recordings are available here.

Learning @ Scale 2020
August 12-14, 2020

At L@S the learning experience of students is placed in the center of scientific exchange. This way the conference aims to get a better understanding of the learning habits of students and learn more about new measures for better learning outcomes and scalable learning opportunities. L@S will be carried out online this year.

Recordings are available here.

ALT Online Summer Summit 2020
August 26-27, 2020

Organised by the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK, the Summer Summit will bring together leaders, researchers and practitioners from across sectors.  With a packed programme over 2 days we will explore the themes of crisis, care and complexity. The Summit has an international line up of featured speakers, practical sessions and panel discussions on topics ranging from assessment to student wellbeing. Registration fee for non ALT members is £99.

Corporate Learning and Development: The Boston Consulting Group Case
September 10, 2020 4pm – 5pm CET

Elena Barybkina, Director for Boston Consulting Group’s Center for Client Learning and Enablement (CCLE), will share best practices followed by CCLE, BCG Global Center of Excellence, dedicated to accelerating the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations through comprehensive capability building programs. This webinar is offered by the IE Center For Corporate Learning Innovation.

European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
September 14-18, 2020

The 15th EC-TEL is committed to address global challenges and quality education in this call for papers. First, some research articles are expected to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 and SDG 10, to help to reduce the existing gaps and inequalities between countries and regions from around the world in terms of inclusiveness, equity, access, and quality of education. Second, the Horizon Europe programme will be present in the conversations of attendees since a significant part of upcoming research and innovation in technology-enhanced learning will be linked to this new programme (read more here).

Hacking Higher Education (HHE)
September 16, 2020

Not a typical conference, rather a competition to nominate the Higher Education Developer of the Year. HHE Finland highlights initiatives that have improved the operations of a higher education institution or higher education in general. This year it’s about innovative collaboration between higher education institutions and the rest of the world in regards to continuous learning. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2020.

ASU+GSV Summit
September 29 – October 1 & 8, 2020

The Arizona State University Global Silicon Valley Summit expects a growing number of 5,500 attendees from different angels of the education sector this year. Since its start in 2010, the annual ASU+GSU continues to leverage new ideas and technologies in education and technology. Register here for free.

Learning with MOOCS VII
September 30 – October 2, 2020

This year’s LWMOOCS VII will be organized by IEEE Education Society and the University of Galileo in Antigua, Guatemala. Researchers and practitioners from around the world will join together in an all-online format for three days of content discovery, experiences, keynote speakers, and lightning round speakers. A new special track on Emergency Remote Learning Case Studies will be included. And a late-paper submission phase (June 2020) allows authors to join the conversation.

The L&D profession: New Competencies for a new reality
October 1, 2020

The L&D profession is changing. L&D professionals hardly find time to invest in their own development. What are new competencies for L&D and any advice on what they need to do to stay relevant? Elliott Masie (CEO and Founder of Masie Productions) is credited as one of the first analysts to coin the term “e-Learning” in the 1990’s and has been on the edge of digital learning innovations for the past 30 years. Learning via technology has soared and evolved – touching over 1.8 billion workers and students during this Pandemic! He is the Chair of The Learning CONSORTIUM. This webinar is offered by the IE Center For Corporate Learning Innovation.

ISTE Creative Constructor Lab Virtual
October 3 – 10, 2020

Creative Constructor Lab Virtual is a fully digital experience that brings together creative educators to experiment with digital storytelling, design thinking, coding and more to teach in new and innovative ways.

LinkedIn Learning Virtual Summit
October 6 – 7, 2020

The LinkedIn Learning Virtual Summit focuses on learning at work, discussing different aspects of learning strategies, insights and best practice. Here is the agenda of the two day event. Register here.

University:Future Festival: Learning, Systems and the New Normal
October 6-8, 2020 

The University:Future Festival – organized by Hochschulforum Digitalisierung – breaks new ground as the first digital festival for higher education in Germany. Since the beginning of 2020, the world of higher education has been turned upside down. Technology and innovative concepts of teaching have become an essential part of everyday university life. This is what motivates us for the three-day festival: a look back at the digital summer semester 2020 – and even more a look ahead to the future of higher education. Register here.

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    Evan Hameed


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    Dr.Abbas Ghafil Abbas

    This is important and nice

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    Deborah Arnold

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      Heba Ledwon

      Many thanks Deborah! I have added both conferences.

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      Heba Ledwon

      Thanks Kate for your suggestion! I have added the ALT Summer summit to the list.

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    Dr usama

    Thanks a lot

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    Update for more please
    Many thanks


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