Global MOOC and Online Education Conference 2023

Theme: Reconstruction of Future Universities and Education Driven by Artificial Intelligence


Global MOOC and Online Education Conference 2023

Set to be held on December 14-16, 2023, in Milan, Italy, the Global MOOC and Online Education Conference 2023, organized by the Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance, takes up the compelling theme: “Reconstruction of Future Universities and Education Driven by Artificial Intelligence.” This revision of the original theme emphasizes the pivotal role of technology and innovation, mirroring UNESCO’s commitment to harnessing digital technologies as tools for inclusive and sustainable development.

As higher education institutions navigate the post-pandemic era, innovative solutions such as generative artificial intelligence, including technologies like Chat GPT, are becoming increasingly integral to their operation and outreach. Including such topics in this conference signifies a focus on the future of higher education and the transformative power of AI. They bring new possibilities, including personalized learning experiences, enhanced student engagement, and unprecedented access to educational resources on a global scale.

The conference will offer a vibrant platform for educators, policymakers, technologists, and experts to engage in insightful discussions, share their innovative practices and explore potential collaborations. It envisions a future where higher education transcends traditional barriers, spurred on by the collaborative spirit and the collective pursuit of openness, innovation, and sharing.

Through the Global MOOC and Online Education Conference, we aim to invigorate the dialogue on education’s digital transformation, inspire innovative solutions and take a bold step toward a shared digital future in higher education. Join us as we explore the exciting intersection of education, technology, and innovation.


Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance (GMA)

Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance (GMA) is a dynamic and diverse group of 17 world-leading universities and three online education platforms from across 14 countries, six continents, and 10 languages.

The missions of GMA include Joint Teaching, Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, and SDG 4.

GMA serves as a mechanism for exchange and cooperation, providing leadership of global higher education efforts to address digital education challenges and to implement practical policies in local communities and around the world.

GMA capitalizes on digital technology to revitalize educational ideas, reform educational models, and actively contribute to transforming higher education in the digital era while also enhancing educational equity and quality.

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UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO

In line with the new Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO IITE has developed its strategic priority areas to meet new demands and tasks ahead. The mission of IITE in the new era is promoting the innovative use of ICT and serving as facilitator and enabler for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) through ICT-enabled solutions and best practices.

In promoting digital pedagogy, UNESCO IITE works with policy-makers, civil society and various other stakeholders, drawing on its own research and existing research evidence, focusing on how pedagogical and technological innovations can enhance learning. IITE exerts efforts to facilitate the transfer of innovation research into educational practice and support effective learning through ICT-enabled pedagogy. The Institute promotes innovative approaches, methodology, tools and techniques of integrating ICT and pedagogy into different levels and sectors of education, in particular higher education.
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Politecnico di Milano

Tsinghua University


Past Conferences:

The Global MOOC and Online Education Conference is an annual event that brings together educators, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from around the world to discuss the future of online education. The conference has been held successfully for three consecutive years, with the 2020 conference focusing on: “Learning Revolution & Higher Education Transformation”, the 2021 conference on “Leading Higher Education Innovation in the New Digital Era” and the 2022 conference on “Digital Transformation of Higher Education for the Future.”

How to Participate

1. Submit an Abstract

The first step towards participation is the submission of an abstract. The abstract should be succinct yet comprehensive, no more than 300 words. It should provide a clear summary of your research by outlining the purpose, methodology, findings, and implications. This serves as a brief snapshot of your work and its contribution to the field. Ensure you submit the abstract before the deadline to be considered for participation.

2. Select a Presentation Format

Participants have the flexibility to choose from three formats to present their work:

1. Short paper: up to 5 pages.

2. Poster: A1 or A0. There will be no special template, but please include the GMA logo on the poster.

3. Long paper: up to 15 pages.

There will be official conference proceedings for this track and submissions will be handled through EasyChair. The use of the supplied template is mandatory for your paper to be published in the proceedings. Please remember to indicate the relevant track when you submit your abstract.

3. Choose Your Presentation Method

Once your submission is accepted, you have the option to choose how you would like to present your work during the conference:

1. Keynote Speech: Deliver an on-site speech, presenting your work to the entire conference audience. The keynote speech should be no longer than 10 minutes.

2. Poster Presentation: Display your research in a creative and visually engaging format. This allows for individual conversations and detailed discussions about your work. All authors who are accepted have the possibility to present their research additionally in a poster session on December 8, 2023.

3. Panel Discussion: Engage in intellectual conversations with experts in the field. This is an opportunity to discuss various perspectives on a specific topic related to your research.


  • Abstract submission deadline: October 31, 2023
  • Notice of Acceptance: November 15, 2023
  • Final Paper & Poster submission deadline: December 1, 2023
  • Conference dates: December 14-16, 2023

ANY Questions?

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We look forward to your submissions and your participation in the

Global MOOC and Online Education Conference 2023.