Previous OER Conferences

Previous conference websites are retained for 18 months following the event. Important details about the events are archived here.

OER24 - Digital Transformation in Open Education

Date: 27-28 March 2024
Location: Munster Technological University, Cork (Ireland)
Co-Chairs: Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin and Dr Tom Farrelly

2024 PDF Programme / Online Programme

2024 YouTube Playlist

OER23 - Advancing open education practices

Date: 4-6 April 2023
Location: University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland
Co-Chairs: GO-GN Global OER Graduate Network

2023 PDF Programme

2023 YouTube Playlist

Themes: Advancing open education practices

  • Celebrating the impact of Open Education and OER;
  • Open Education research and policy around the globe;
  • Open Education in Scotland – celebrating 10 years of the Scottish Open Education Declaration;
  • Embedding and supporting Open Education through curriculum design.


Visit the 2023 OER conference website.



Date: 26-28 April 2022
Location: London, UK and online
Co-Chairs: GO-GN Global OER Graduate Network

2022 PDF Programme

2022 YouTube playlist


  • Theme 1 – Pedagogy in a time of crisis: what does an ‘open’ response look like? How has the word of open education changed since we last convened in person in 2019? What role do open approaches play in shaping a (post) pandemic pedagogy?
  • Theme 2 – Open textbooks: with the crisis for students and institutions deepening in the UK and across the globe, and renewed calls for new policies for open textbooks being issued, this theme is for research, practice and policy submission exploring their potential and impact;
  • Theme 3 – Open in Action: exploring open teaching, educational practises and resources, we are looking for submissions that show openness in action in different contexts and from a range of perspectives.
  • Theme 4 – Open research: this theme focuses on the importance of open scholarship or research around any aspect of open education;


Visit 2022 OER conference archive.



Date: 21-22 April 2021
Location: Online
Co-Chairs: Jim Groom, Lauren Hanks, Louise Drumm, Joe Wilson and Lou Mycroft

2021 PDF Programme

2021 YouTube playlist


  • Theme 1: Openness, care, and joy in the times of pandemic;
  • Theme 2: Open Education responses to surveillance technologies and data ownership in education;
  • Theme 3: Open in Action: open teaching, educational practices and resources, how you might be using Domains and other tools;
  • Theme 4: Shifts in agency and creativity as empowerment of learners and educators;
  • Theme 5: Open Source Tools: infrastructure, cloud environments, targeted teaching tools.


Visit OER21 conference archive.


OER20 - The Care in Openness

Date: 1-2 April 2020
Location: Online
Co-Chairs: Mia Zamora, Daniel Villar-Onrubia and Jonathan Shaw

PDF Programme: 2020 day 1, 2020 day 2

YouTube playlist

Themes: The Care In Openness

  • Theme 1: Openness in the age of surveillance
  • Theme 2: Sustainable open education communities
  • Theme 3: Open education for civic engagement and democracy
  • Theme 4: Criticality and care in open education
  • Theme 5: Caring pedagogies and designing for diverse communities of inclusion


Visit the OER20 Conference archive.


OER19: Recentering Open

Date: 10-11 April 2019
Location: National University of Ireland, Galway
Co-Chairs: Laura Czerniewicz and Catherine Cronin

2019 PDF Programme

YouTube playlist


  • Back to basics – asking difficult questions about open education:
    • Why open?
    • Open for whom?
    • Whose interests are served?
    • In what ways has the open agenda been appropriated, and what are the implications of this?
  • The geopolitics of open education, bringing open in from the periphery
  • The open ecosystem: How is open education part of the broader ecosystem of “opens”?
  • What does it mean to illuminate open by considering context?
  • How can historical perspectives contribute to understanding the issues faced in the open education movement today?
  • Links between critical digital literacies, critical data literacies, and openness
  • What open business models are emerging? What are the paths to sustainability?
  • What are the risks and challenges to the open education agenda?


Visit the 2019 OER Conference archive.


OER18: Open to All

Date: 18 – 19 April 2018
Location: Bristol, UK
Co-Chairs: Vivien Rolfe and David Kernohan

2018 PDF Programme

2018 YouTube playlist

Themes: Open to All

  • How can open practice and research support learner success?
  • How does Open Education foster learner diversity and support inclusivity?
  • What skills do learners need and develop in experiencing open learning?
  • Politics in action – (following up from #OER17) – what are your latest initiatives in support of learning and growth?
  • How is OER learning from, and contributing to, other open activities, e.g. open science, open source, open data, open access etc.?


Visit the 2018 OER Conference archive.


OER17: The Politics of Open

Date: 5-6 April 2017
Location: London, UK
Co-Chairs: Josie Fraser, and Alek Tarkowski

2017 PDF Programme

2017 YouTube playlist

Themes: The Politics of Open

  • Local, national, and international policy and practice
  • Institutional/organisational politics
  • Participation & social equality
  • Open Party


Visit the 2017 OER Conference archive.


OER16: Open Culture

Date: 19th-20th April 2015
Location: Edinburgh, UK
Co-Chairs: Lorna Campbell and Melissa Highton

2016 PDF Programme

2016 YouTube playlist


  • Strategic and reputational advantages of openness (including, but not restricted to, outreach, public engagement and return on investment).
  • Converging or diverging cultures of openness (including open data, open science, open GLAM, open knowledge, open source, open content, open access).
  • Hacking, making and sharing.
  • Innovative approaches to opening up cultural heritage collections for education.


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OER15: Mainstreaming open education

Date: 14-15 April 2015
Location: Cardiff, UK
Co-Chairs: Haydn Blackey and Professor Martin Weller

2015 PDF Programme

2015 YouTube Playlist

Themes: Mainstreaming Open Education


Visit the 2015 OER Conference archive.


OER14: Building communities of open practice

Date: 28-29 April 2014
Location: Newcastle, UK
Co-Chairs: Megan Quentin-Baxter and Simon Thomson

2014 PDF Programme

YouTube playlist


  • Building and linking communities of open practice
  • MOOCs and open courses
  • Academic practice, development and pedagogy
  • Open policy, research, scholarship and access
  • Students as users and co-creators


Visit the 2014 OER Conference archive.


OER13: Creating a Virtuous Circle

Date: 26-27 March 2013
Location: Nottingham, UK
Co-Chairs: Dr Jackie Carter and Dr Chris Pegler

2013 PDF Programme

Themes: Creating a virtuous circle

  1. Evidence
  2. Experience
  3. Expectation

Visit the 2013 OER Conference archive.


OER12: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education

Date: 16-18 April 2012
Location: Cambridge, UK

PDF Programme: 2021 pre-conference, 2012 day 1, 2012 day 2, 2012 day 3

Themes: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education

  1. Innovation
  2. Impact
  3. Collaboration


Visit the 2012 OER Conference archive.



Date: 11-13 May 2011
Location: Manchester, UK
Chair: Jonathan Darby

2011 PDF Programme


  1. OER strategy and sustainability
  2. Academic practice and digital scholarship
  3. Collaboration and communities


Visit the 2011 OER Conference archive.



Date: 22-24 March 2010
Location: Cambridge, UK
Chair: Tom Boyle

2010 PDF Programme


  1. Open educational content
  2. OER design
  3. Open educational communities


Visit the 2010 OER Conference archive.