Digital Risks – Digital Chances

The internet and globalization are changing our world and ways to communicate, learn and live together. They are offering huge opportunities but also challenges that the special Conference “Digital Risks – Digital Chances” is addressing. “We invite all interested people to explore and discuss digitalization, online learning and collaborations in schools and lifelong learning”, emphasizes Dr. Christian M. Stracke, Associate Professor for Open Education and Innovation from the Open University of the Netherlands and Chair of the event. School education, lifelong learning and competence development are the selected topics with school teachers and parents, students and educators, as well as start-ups and practitioners as main target groups. Download the full Conference programme here.

The conference is co-organized by the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands, ICORE and SLIMhuis in cooperation with six European and international consortia from more than 15 countries what guarantees latest developments and results from research and practice. The full day is dedicated to four different themes in interactive workshops: The conference is taking place on Tuesday, 13th of December 2016 at the SLIMhuis in Sittard. Everybody can join the conference for free. Registration for the conference or for single workshops is required via the contact form or via e-mail (to: as seats are limited.

The conference will be in English and starts with a welcome coffee 09:30am, followed by the opening plenary with a distinguished keynote by Prof. Dr. Cleo Sgouropoulou from the Technological Education Institute of Athens, Greece. She will speak about “Digital School and Lifelong Learning Opportunities in the globalized societies of the 21st century”. Two parallel tracks in the morning and the afternoon are dealing with hot topics in four interactive workshops. They are concluded by a plenary discussion followed by a networking reception for all participants to get in contact and connect.

The first parallel track on school education is intended for teachers and parents with two interactive workshops addressing: “School Innovations for Inclusion and Learning-how-to-learn” and “Internet Security in Schools“. It is realized by three leading European consortia: EBE-EUSMOSI, LELLE and I-Secure.

The second parallel track on lifelong learning is inviting (female) students, educators, adult learners, start-ups and practitioners to join two interactive sessions on: “MOOCs and Online Courses” and “Female Entrepreneurship and digital business“. It prepared by two leading European research initiatives: MOOQ and DIGI-FEM.

During the lunch break, several research projects will present in a poster session their ongoing research and developed results.

Join this unique event for lively debates and networking with interested colleagues at the OUNL!


The whole conference is co-organized by the Welten Institute, the leading European Research Institute for Technology-Enhanced Learning of OUNL, the Open University of the Netherlands in close cooperation with the international Community ICORE and the SLIMhuis, the triple helix organisation connecting education, entrepreneurs and government.20140818_icore_logo