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Open edX Conference 2020

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19 May 2020

event ends

22 May 2020


Nova SBE, Lisbon, Portugal

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Call for Speakers
Call opens at 12:00 PM

14 Jan 2020

Call closes at 11:59 PM

19 Feb 2020

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Shaping the Future of Education Together

The Open edX Conference is where the Open edX community and leading experts in ed tech discuss the latest research, new approaches to learning, and best practices for integrating new technology into the (virtual) classroom. The enthusiastic, supportive community make this a unique, must-attend event. 

This year's event is focused on the growing importance of collaborative learning and how educators, students, and technologists are coming together to build the next generation of educational technology. We will discuss innovative uses across higher education, lifelong learning, instructional design, course production techniques, and methods for operating, extending and enhancing the Open edX platform.

We welcome you to submit a session proposal for Open edX 2020. We are particularly interested in proposals in the following areas:

1. Pedagogy and Instructional Design

  • Course authoring, production and promotion techniques
  • Innovative courses, in particular in higher education, social impact, and professional development & training
  • What works best in online learning?

2. Platform and Product

  • Towards collaborative learning: blurring the lines between educators, learners and technologists
  • Trends in online learning and training, for instance: online credentials, professional development, lifelong learning
  • Where are we now and where do we need to go?

3. Integrations and Extensions

  • Analytics & research
  • Technical deep dives
  • Extending and integrating the platform

4. Devops and Operations

  • Latest best practices for running a site
  • Challenges and solutions for successful online education

Of course we will consider proposals outside of these areas as well, but these are the topics we are projecting for the conference.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute breakout sessions, 10-minute lightning talks, and 90-minute or 3-hour tutorials/workshops (on Tuesday May 19th). If you have any questions, or would like to discuss other possibilities, please send us an email at

We will inform speakers whether their proposals were accepted:

- on March 13th for breakout sessions and workshops,

- on March 30th for lightning talks.


As you fill out the proposal form, keep these points in mind about the fields:

Description: This is a paragraph or two, for the public schedule and program booklet.

Detailed description: this is where you should provide a lot of detail. Who is the audience? What do you assume they know? What will they learn? A detailed outline of your talk would be amazing. This will not be published, it's for us to understand what you are proposing.

Notes: these are other notes for the organizers. If you have listed multiple authors, please let us know who will be doing the presentation at the conference.  If you are still considering alternate formats beyond the session type you selected above, you can specify that here. Tell us anything we might need to know about your presentation, proposal or yourself.

Speaker tagline: affiliation, title, etc.

Email: this is for us to contact you. It will not be made public.

Speaker biography: a few sentences about who you are.

Speaker photo: only if you want to :)

Co-speakers: if you list co-speakers, please indicate in the Notes field who will be presenting at the conference.

We look forward to hearing from you.