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20+ In-Person and Virtual Conferences on Online Learning in 2021 (Updated Regularly)

In 2021, many conferences remain virtual or add online participation to their in-person format.

Due to the pandemic, 2020 saw a surge of interest in online learning. But many conferences and events on digital education had to be cancelled or shifted to a virtual format. We kept a collection of available recordings and other resources.

In 2021, many conferences will remain virtual or add an online format to their in-person event. Below is our 2021 list of conferences and events on online learning. We’ll be updating the list as new ones appear. If you know about more online conferences, please let us know in the comments.

2021 Conferences on Online Learning

ICDE 2021: 15th International Conference on Education and Distance Learning
July 22-23, 2021 | Rome
Proceedings | Program | Registration (multiple dates throughout 2021)

“ICDE 2021 aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Education and Distance Learning. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Education and Distance Learning.”

Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
July 30-August 5, 2021 | Virtual
Proceedings | Program

“This conference emphasizes evidence-based practice, educational innovation, and practical applications of theories and research findings in the field of distance education and online learning. There are also many opportunities for you to network, share, and collaborate with peers from around the world. You will head home with new skills, fresh knowledge, and the motivation to apply what you’ve learned.”

ASU+GSV Summit: The Dawn of the Age of Digital Learning
August 9-11, 2021 | San Diego + Virtual
Program | Registration

“Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual ASU+ GSV Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Our north star is that ALL people have equal access to the future.”

Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Annual Conference 2021
September 7-9, 2021 | Virtual

“The next Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology will take place in September 2021. As the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK, ALT brings together professionals to disseminate research, share practice and develop policy since 1993.”

Sixteenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL)
September 20-24, 2021 | Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Program | Proceedings

“The European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) engages researchers, practitioners, educational developers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. EC-TEL 2021 will take place on 20-24 September 2021 with the theme “Technology-Enhanced Learning for a Free, Safe, and Sustainable World“.”

Learning with MOOCs VIII
September 29 – October 01, 2021 | Antigua Guatemala

“LWMOOCs is a respected international forum to collaborate, share, network, learn, and display the latest advances in MOOCs. This IEEE conference provides academic and industry professionals the opportunity to discuss research into MOOC technologies as well as the practical aspects of creating and offering MOOCs to diverse worldwide audiences.”

Open Education Global 2021
October 5-7, 2021 | Nantes, France
Program | Registration

“The Open Education Global Conference is where the world meets to discuss how opening education helps us achieve universal access, equity, innovation and opportunity in education. It is the most internationally diverse conference devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances educational practices around the world.” This year, UNESCO has awarded Patronage for the conference.”

29th World Conference On Online Learning (Cancelled)
October 18-21, 2021 | Natal, Brazil

Dev Learn
October 20-22, 2021 | Las Vegas, NV
Program | Registration

“We’re excited to introduce the first-ever DevLearn Digital Expo! This is your best chance of the year to explore the latest products and services available from today’s leading providers. The DevLearn Expo always highlights the most innovative solutions, and we’re excited to bring that experience right to your computer!”

Innovate Learning 2021 Summit
November 9-11, 2021 | Virtual
Proceedings | Program | Registration

“Innovate Learning Summit, formerly “E-Learn – World Conference on E-Learning” is an international conference organized by the AACE-Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning. Innovate Learning Summit provides a unique forum for education and training professionals to discuss the latest research, development, applications, issues, and strategies, to explore new technologies, and to identify solutions for today’s challenges related to online learning.”

November 3-5, 2021 | Bari
Proceedings | Program

“We are organising the “Online Bridging Event” on the original dates of the IHE2020 conference, 28-30 October 2020. It will highlight current developments in innovating higher education and consist of a series of keynotes, webinars and online workshops to address most emerging topics.”

November 15-18, 2021 | Madrid
Program | Proceedings | Registration

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of UNESCO establishes clearly, among other areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet, goals and targets for the Quality of Education, Sustainable Quality Education 4 (SDG 4). These goals have to be implemented by all countries and stakeholders. WEEF/GEDC 2021, aware of this scenario, aims to be one of these global stakeholders. Its vision is aligned with the SDG 4 which is formulated as the basis for, encompassing many different aspects in Higher Education and in particular in Engineering Education, the creation of sustainable development of technical and soft competences, inclusive education and effective in terms of learning outcomes related to the professional market and entrepreneurship.”

OEB Berlin
December 1-3, 2021 | Berlin
Program | Registration

“A unique conference programme fostered exchange on the most important developments and trends that shape the future of learning in the corporate, education and public service sectors. Over 140 sessions offered delegates the chance to take part in an entire week of knowledge sharing.”

2021 International Conference on Technologies in STEM ‘LIVE’
December 14-15, 2021 | Singapore
Proceedings | Registration

“The conference aims to further the application of technology education within STEM and specific learning areas. Within Technology education, students use design and/or computational thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions both digital and physical for authentic problems. As such it applies to many areas of STEM.”

Previous Events

Future of Education Technology Conference Virtual
January 26-29, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive — FREE — virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology — not just a series of canned webinars. You’ll hear from blockbuster keynoters, learn from top experts and innovators in education technologies, experience AI-based networking to build your PLN, and explore the cutting-edge FETC Virtual Expo where solution providers will demonstrate all the latest apps, hardware, software and tech tools to help your school or district emerge stronger in this new era.”

Learning Leaders Online Forum
February 24-25, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“The Learning Leaders Winter Online Forum explores these challenges, and more importantly, shares proven strategies that can help us and the organizations we serve navigate the crisis. The Forum is your opportunity to connect and learn from learning leaders all around the globe, helping you address the urgent challenges of today while also building the skills that will help take your career to new heights in the future.”

Open Education Week 2021
March 1-5, 2021 | Virtual
Proceedings | Program

“An annual celebration, Open Education Week (OEW) is an opportunity for actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education worldwide. Now, accepting submissions for Open Education Week 2021.”

World Congress Virtual Educa
March 3-5, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“The international Virtual Educa Meetings are a reference at global level and have been taking place for more than twenty years now; currently under the name World Congress, the event counts with the participation of educational representatives from around the world. We convene public organizations, private initiative, the educational institutions, and civil society in the same setting, all in relation to innovation in education and training.”

Learnit Live: The Future of Learning is Now 
March 8-12, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“Learnit’s Virtual Introductions Programme is a digital version of the highly successful Hosted Leaders Programme that ran at Learnit in 2019 and Bett in 2020. Following a beta test of our virtual offering in July 2020, our next programme will run in partnership with Bett, between 8-12 Mar 2021, centred on introducing top level education leaders to tech companies through exclusive, pre-booked meetings.”

March 9-11, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“Be part of the optimistic, forward-thinking, and purpose-driven community of teachers and leaders at SXSW EDU. Join us from March 9-11 for SXSW EDU Online, an exclusive digital experience. Connect with others who share your passion and discover the ideas that will improve your practice, challenge your thinking, and inspire you forward. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, exhibitions, and more.”

Rutgers Online Learning Conference
March 15-16, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“#RUOnlineCon brings together the best minds in the online, hybrid and EdTech worlds to focus on improving teaching and learning with technology. The two-day program will take place in a completely virtual format on March 15th and 16th, 2021. To support our community during this challenging time, we are offering free registration to all Rutgers faculty, staff and students. We are also offering discounted registration to other institutions, including an all-institution pass option.”

OLC Innovate 2021 Virtual Conference
March 15-19, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“We’re inviting you to join us at Innovate 2021, a fully online conference presented by Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.”

SXSW Conference
March 16-20, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. […] SXSW is launching SXSW Online as part of our 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.”

Empower Webinar Week: Online Education during & after COVID-19
April 6-8, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“The COVID-19 crisis made many higher education institutes switch overnight to online distance education. Attempts were made in creating solutions for online active learning, online student interactions and e-assessment. In this Empower webinar week, we will offer a better understanding of the opportunities of digital education during & after COVID-19 by hearing from experts from the field of online, blended and hybrid learning.”

MIT OpenCourseWare TURNS 20
April 7, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“This April marks the 20th anniversary of OCW. For two decades you’ve learned with us, shared your stories with us, shared our resources with others, tuned in to course videos and podcast conversations, connected with our online community, donated, and helped us make OCW even better for you and your fellow learners.”

11th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference
April 12-16, 2021 | Virtual
Proceedings | Program | Registration

“The 11th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK 21) will be hosted fully online. The conference theme is “The impact we make: The contributions of learning analytics to learning.” LAK21 welcomes all learning analytics researchers and practitioners to join a productive dialogue around the future of learning analytics. Submission deadlines begin November 1”

Coursera Conference
April 19-21, 2021
Program | Registration

“Join Coursera’s leadership team and representatives from a community of over 200 organizations representing more than 75 countries as we come together to focus on building a more just world.

You’ll enjoy exclusive opportunities to engage with our speakers and explore Coursera’s latest product developments. You can also attend a great lineup of breakout sessions. Topics include everything from advances in plagiarism detection to how to upskill for a digital-first organization.”

April 28-29, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technology in education with global EdTech investment on track to grow by 15% in 2020, a predicted $7.6bn. Technology is changing how, what and where we teach and as a result, the EdTech sector continues to be one of the fastest growing in Europe. EduTECH Europe will follow in the footsteps of our highly successful EduTech global series, consisting of EduTECH Australia, EduTECH Asia, EduTECH Africa drawing 35,000 attendees.”

Learning Solution Conference & Expo
May 4-6, 2021 | Orlando, FL
Program | Registration

“Learning Solutions Conference & Expo is the learning and development event that is sharing what really works in our industry today. This high-energy, 3-day event explores the full spectrum of L&D, leaving you with new ideas, inspiration, and solutions you can immediately use to transform your work. Join us May 4 – 6, 2021 for an unforgettable week of learning, connecting, and sharing what works!”

Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
May 18-20, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“The ELI Annual Meeting is the premier event for higher education teaching and learning professionals. This is the one event that explores solutions to our learning community’s key issues, engages innovative technology and service providers, and unites expertise across our institutions.”

Qatar Digital Learning Summit
June 2-3, 2021 | Doha + Virtual
Program | Registration

“This Summit will bring key stakeholders and innovators in digital learning to boost your professional development, network with other E-Learning professionals, and gain the latest insights from industry leaders featuring high-profile case studies, interactive discussion”

REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit by ASU
June 9-11, 2021 | Virtual
Program | Registration

“REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit hosted by ASU will showcase best practices, techniques, and tools to provide actionable insight to Higher Education faculty around the concept of “the best of online education.”  Attendees can access 80+ curated sessions of 30 minutes during two 4-hour days of simultaneous learning tracks.”

London edtech week
June 14-21, 2021 | London
Program | Registration

“A week-long celebration featuring 40+ event hosts showcasing the Now & Next of the future of learning and work. We are an open and collaborative platform and welcome any member of the global learning ecosystem to take part in the fourth edition of London EdTech Week by organising its own event, bringing their community or joining 6000+ global attendees from 14 – 21 June 2021.”

The Learning Ideas Conference
June 16-18, 2021 | New York + Virtual
Program | Registration

“The Learning Ideas Conference has been designed to encourage collaboration among people from around the world with a variety of backgrounds, from academic and professional areas including education, computer science, cognitive science, game design, user experience design, VR/AR/XR, management, the arts and humanities, and more!”

Learning @ Scale 2021/EMOOCs 2021
June 22-25, 2021 | Virtual
Proceedings | Program

“After Madrid in 2017 and Naples in 2019, it is the turn for Potsdam to host the next EMOOCs conference. The seventh European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit (EMOOCs) and Learning at Scale (L@S) will be co-located at Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany in 2021. Combining EMOOCs and L@S brings together international top-quality educational research with teaching practitioners, platform providers, policy makers, and educational businesses.”

ISTE Digital Leadership Summit
June 27-30, 2021 | San Antonio + Virtual
Program | Registration

“The ISTE Digital Leadership Summit – an integrated event held in conjunction with ISTE20 Live – is where the best minds in education will discuss the challenges schools face in the wake of the global pandemic, like the question on everyone’s mind: How to safely reopen schools.”

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