OER20 Conference: Call for proposals now open

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Organised by the Association for Learning Technology in the UK, this is the 11th annual OER conference for Open Education research, practice and policy.The conference will be co-chaired by Mia Zamora, Daniel Villar-Onrubia and Jonathan Shaw.  Read more about the conference co-chairs.

We are delighted to announce that the OER20 Call for Proposals in now open. The 2020 conference will be held from 1-2 April 2020, in London, and is themed around Care In Openess. Covering issues of privilege, equity, precarity, power relations and public interest, OER20 will put the spotlight on both the value and limitations of care in open education.

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals from people who have an interest in the following conference key themes: 

  • 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

  • And also Wildcard submissions : open education practice, research or policy session proposals that address the overarching conference theme. 

We have a number of submission formats this year, including: 

Reflective practice presentations

Reflective practice presentations offer a contribution towards the practice of open education, e.g. case studies, descriptive accounts, etc., but with a reflective and critical component.

Time: 20 minutes (typically 15-minute presentation, 5 minutes Q+A)
Abstract word limit: 500

Research presentations

Research presentations offer a theoretical and/or empirical contribution towards open education; located clearly in the field through, for example, a literature review.

Time: 20 minutes (typically 15-minute presentation, 5 minutes Q+A)
Abstract word limit: 500


Workshops may follow a variety of formats, but all are hands-on, engaged and interactive. Due to the high demand for these sessions, we have to limit the number of workshop proposals to those who clearly demonstrate how participants will engage.

In both cases, please specify the topic, format, chair of the session, and all participating as facilitators/panel members. 

Time: 60 minutes
Abstract word limit: 500


[7 minutes maximum] Alternative short formats are very welcome, e.g. demos, Pecha Kucha, spoken word, TED-style talk, multimodal presentations, performance, improvisation, screening a digital story, web content, etc. This format asks you to be creative, to share an idea in a way that speaks to hearts and minds.

Time: 7 minutes
Abstract word limit: 500 

Open spaces

Facilitate spaces for people to engage in emerging conversations. We invite experienced facilitators to offer to create a space for participants to interact and engage with issues during conference. Please provide as much information as possible regarding suggested topic/question, format, anticipated time requirements, anticipated number of participants, how participants will engage, etc.

Time: 30 minutes
Abstract word limit: 500 

To submit your proposal, please visit our OE20 Conference website where you will find full guidance, and our submission form. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2019.