Schedule and events

Forum agenda

The agenda outline shown below may be subject to change.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Opening ceremony
Innovations for Education Resilience (panel discussion)
Keynote address – Building resilience Keynote address – Inspiring innovations
Sub-themes parallel sessions Poster session COL partner showcase
Country showcase Sub-themes parallel sessions Marketplace
Asa Briggs lecture Keynote address – Fostering lifelong learning Sub-themes parallel sessions
Excellence in Distance Education Awards presentation and COL honorary fellows Sub-themes parallel sessions Keynote address – Promoting equity and inclusion
Welcome reception Panel discussion – Transforming education for climate change Sub-themes parallel sessions
Launch of COL publication & reception Valedictory session & closing ceremony
Farewell dinner event

Forum participants will nurture existing networks and make new connections by engaging in one or more of the following Forum activities.

Keynote speaker presentation

Keynote presentations

There will be a keynote on each of the four sub-themes of the forum, as well as the Asa Briggs Lecture. 

Participant research presentation

Paper presentations

These are participant research papers, case studies, etc., that will be presented in parallel sessions.

Workshop presentation


These are 60- or 120-minute sessions, where presenters demonstrate the findings of key research projects or guide the participants to develop specific skills in a step-by-step manner. These would be participant-proposed sessions which will be decided based on the relevance of the proposals to the forum theme and sub-themes.

Panel discussion

Panel discussions

These are 60-minute sessions, where three to four experts make presentations facilitated by a moderator for questions and answers. Proposals are welcome from the participants, who will also take responsibility for identifying speakers.

Poster presentation

Poster presentations

There will be one poster session, where all the forum posters will be displayed. 

Group of students trying new technology on laptop


This is a space for paid exhibitors, who would present educational technology-related products and services to Forum participants. 

Discussion between two forum participants


This is a place for one-to-one conversation with Forum participants, where delegates can demonstrate and discuss their technology, OER or innovative services and practices.