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Love MOOCs, Will Travel: A Roundup of Digital Learning Conferences for 2020

Do you study, direct, or create online learning resources? If so, these conferences are a good place to meet others from your tribe.

Class Central team and contributors with Barbara Oakley at Learning with MOOCS conference in Madrid.
Class Central team and contributors with Barbara Oakley at 2018 Learning with MOOCS conference in Madrid.

As in other years, at Class Central we are following interesting events on digital learning in 2020. For this reason, we have put together a list of interesting conferences around the world on online education to share with our community.

If you are planning to go to one of them, let us know. We’re always happy to meet.

Here it comes:

Future of Learning Conference
January 3 – 4, 2020
Bangalore, India

The third edition of FOL 2020 looked at the future of learning from three different angles: Learning to Learn, Unlearn and Relearn.

40th Future of Education Technology Conference
January 14 – 17, 2020
Miami, Florida

Already in its 40th year, the FETC conference agenda continues to offer a wide range of sessions on education technology. Participants may look forward to the new Session Track on Future of Ed Tech Couch exploring new trends in instructional technologies.

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2020
March 2 – 6, 2020
Paris, France

For the second year the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week invites leaders and experts in education technology to explore the potential of Artificial Intelligence for education. The week of events takes place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Open Education Week 2020 (by Open Education Global)
March 2 – 6, 2020
Newton, Massachusetts

The Open Education Week 2020 is the global event for learners and teachers about opening and sharing educational resources for everyone. It is organized by Open Education Consortium.

March 9 – 12, 2020
Austin, Texas

The South by Southwest EDU Conference (SXSW EDU) is a great opportunity to meet and connect with stakeholders in education. The program touches upon a wide range of education topics. This year the SXSW EDU community celebrates 10 years of SXSW EDU Conference & Festival.

The 10th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference
March 23 – 27, 2020
Frankfurt, Germany

In its 10th edition LAK looks back at 10 years of rapid development in the field of learning analytics. It also puts the focus on relevant questions and urgent challenges for the coming decade.

2020 European Advanced Educational Technology Conference
March 27 – 29, 2020
London, UK

EAET 2020 brings together scholars, researchers, students and administrators to discuss innovative learning and teaching. Paper submission is open until January 25th, 2020.

ASU+GSV Summit
March 30 – April 1, 2020
San Diego, California

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

OLC Innovate
March 31 – April 3, 2020
Chicago, Illinois

OLC Innovate – organised by the Open Learning Consortium – is the place to be for instructional designers and everyone working behind the scenes of online courses. This year’s theme will be about “Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning”.

Coursera Conference
April 21 – 22, 2020
Chicago, Illinois

Coursera invites its academic and industry partners annually to discuss current trends and challenges in the MOOC world. Moreover, the Coursera Leadership team presents Coursera’s vision for 2020. With 4556 courses on Class Central, Coursera currently leads the MOOC providers list worldwide. (This event is closed to non-partners.)

Open edX Conference
May 19 – 22, 2020
Lisbon, Portugal

The Open edX conference is a meetup of community members who use Open edX, open source software for the edX platform and many other learning platforms. The conference brings together software developers and instructional designers, the busy people behind online courses.

Learning @ Scale 2020
May 27 – 29, 2020
Atlanta, Georgia

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. To submit a full paper or a workshop, read more here.

EdTechXWeek London
June 15 – 22, 2020
London, United Kingdom

EdTechXWeek connects education leaders with investors and entrepreneurs during a series of events in London. The most important and busy event of all is the EdTechXEurope Thought Leadership Summit, taking place this year in the Tobacco Dock on June 18th 2020.

Learning with MOOCS VII
September 30 – October 2, 2020
Antigua, Guatemala

This year’s Learning with MOOCS VII will be organized by IEEE Education Society and the University of Galileo in Antigua, Guatemala. Read about the latest Learning with MOOCs in 2019 here.

October 21 – 23, 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada

DevLearn focuses on learning technologies. The 2019 edition was kicked off with a keynote by Sophia the Robot who talked about how robots integrates in our daily lives and the professional world. Follow DevLearn to know first, when the 2020 program is out.

edX Global Forum
Fall 2020
New York City, New York

EdX Global is the annual gathering of the edX partners network – a community that produces and shares courses on the edX platform. According to Class Central year in Review, edX reached 24 million learners in 2019, a good year to look back at. (This event is closed to non-partners.)

OEB Global
December 2 – 4, 2020
Berlin, Germany

OEB Global is one of the largest conferences on learning technologies in Europe. It is a great meetup for academics, entrepreneurs and investors.

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Heba was the Business Development and Partnerships Specialist at Class Central. She worked closely with businesses and universities to provide the most possible value for the Class Central community.

Comments 2

  1. Abudulrazaki

    Why all conferences are in other continents with no single in Africa.

    • Steve Foerster

      I don’t think eLearning Africa has announced what they’re doing this year. But either way, this wasn’t a comprehensive list.


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