Announcing our 2019 conference

Diane HockridgeNews

We are pleased to announce the next ODLAA Conference on the theme of ‘Open Thinking’ to be held 3-5 February 2019 in Brisbane Australia.

Put the date in your diary now and start planning your paper. Submissions of abstracts are due by the end of September. Accepted authors will have the opportunity to submit full papers for consideration for publication in a special edition of Distance Education, vol. 1, 2020.

More details about keynotes and registration will be available soon.

Call for abstracts

The theme of ODLAA’s 2019 conference is Open Thinking, reflecting on the growing area of interest, research and practice in recent years that has centred on the concept of ‘openness’. Openness in education has emerged in the context of Open Educational Resources (OERs), Open Universities, Open MOOCs, Open Badging and more, all of which have been previously explored by ODLAA through presentations or publications.

Our theme of Open Thinking is therefore intended to allow reflection on the learnings to date around the concept of openness and its application to education – from the specifics of pedagogy through to wider philosophical considerations regarding the industry and the impact of openness. What has been achieved so far and what does this indicate for the future possibilities of openness? Has openness been disruptive, or does it remain a pipe-dream yet to be fully embraced? Are the ground rules changing for education or does the concept of openness exist within a niche area of education with application for some and not others?

This conference will explore these questions under the broader topic of Open Thinking. Open thinking enables us to go beyond discussing programs and strategies, to asking the bigger question: what if we could do things better or differently in education? This theme will also allow for the consideration of the benefits of Open Thinking from other contexts of openness beyond education (crowd-sourcing, food rescue, social enterprise). What could education learn from these contexts, or how could they be applied?


Sub-themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • the strengths and weaknesses of being open (research and evidence-based examples)
  • the multiple contexts of openness and open thinking
  • openness for education in a changing world and society
  • openness as disruption
  • open thinking as a wicked problem
  • open thinking strategies in education
  • open thinking for inclusion (diversity/accessibility)


Key dates for submissions:

30 September 2018: Submit abstracts

30 October 2018: Authors notified

3-5 February 2019: Conference

31 May 2019: Deadline for submission of full papers (for those applying to have their articles published in a Special Edition of Distance Education, vol. 1, 2020)

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