Online Education Dialogue (OED)

As the flagship and the first alliance initiative, OED aims to promote the digital transformation of global higher education and enhance the capacity building of practitioners by providing a platform to exchange ideas, foster collaboration, and share best practices.

Since 2020, the Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance (GMA) has hosted a series of Online Education Dialogues to engage a wide range of international experts to empower and inspire fellow educators, as well as to reshape the future of higher education. Discussions were held on topics focused on different aspects related to the digital transformation of higher education, including technical, pedagogical, managerial, sustainable, and global development.

Thus far, over 330 experts and scholars from 30+ countries have actively engaged in OED, garnering a global audience exceeding 1,225,000 participants.

Objectives of OED 2024

OED 2024 will continue to serve as an international platform for:

  • Exchanging insights from educational leaders on AI in Higher Ed Governance
  • Showcasing examples of frontline educators using new technologies such as generative AI to empower teaching and learning. For example, Leveraging AI for personalized learning, adaptive assessment, and intelligent tutoring systems.
  • Facilitating dialogues on the renewal of educational ideas and pedagogies: Adapting curriculum and teaching methodologies to support a student-centered teaching model.
  • Promoting collaboration and international partnerships for knowledge exchange, joint research, and cross-cultural learning experiences on a global scale.

Theme: Empowering Higher Education with AI

In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming various aspects of society, it is crucial for higher education to stay at the forefront of these changes. In 2023, the dialogue centered around the theme “Navigating the AI-Driven Digital Transformation of Higher Education,” bringing together 33 speakers from 14 countries for a series of 9 global dialogues. Through the previous events, we recognized the AI’s vast yet largely untapped potential in empowering and transforming higher education through improving personalized learning, enabling efficient management, enhancing research capabilities, and facilitating international cooperation. Moreover, AI can assist higher education institutions in fulfilling their social responsibilities and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

OED 2024 will follow the footprints from previous themes in depth and continue diving into AI-Led Transformation in Higher Education. Our goal is to equip educators and administrators with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the digital transformation driven by AI, ultimately benefiting learners and society as a whole. By exploring this theme, we aim to contribute to a wider understanding and capacity building of how AI can be effectively integrated into higher education to enhance quality, promote inclusiveness, and create impact. The discussions will foster collaboration, stimulate innovation, and provide insights to reshape the future of higher education in an AI-driven era.


  • Leadership Perspectives: Re-shaping the Future of Higher Education through AI.
  • Insights and Practices: AI-Led Transformation in Higher Education in Teaching and Learning.


Each dialogue session will last approximately 1 hour, featuring a panel of 3-4 distinguished speakers. Each speaker will be allocated 8 minutes to deliver their keynote address, followed by a 25-minute panel discussion.Each speaker will be allocated 8 minutes to deliver their keynote address, followed by a 25-minute panel discussion.

Call for Speakers

We are thrilled to invite passionate and forward-thinking educators, researchers, policymakers, and industry experts to contribute to the 2024 Online Education Dialogue (OED) under the theme “AI-Led Transformation in Higher Education.” This is an unparalleled opportunity to share your insights and experiences on how AI is reshaping the landscape of higher education.

What you will receive:

  1. A Network with Leading Professionals: Engage with a vibrant community of like-minded experts in AI technology, policy development, and academic research. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional network, form new collaborations, and share best practices.
  2. An Opportunity to Influence Future Trends: By sharing your knowledge and insights, you will have the chance to influence future trends in AI and education, shaping the way technology is integrated into teaching and learning at the higher education level.
  3. Global Visibility and Recognition: As a speaker at OED, your work and ideas will gain international exposure. This platform will amplify your voice in the global education community, allowing you to reach a wider audience as a thought leader in the field.
  4. Professional Development: OED fosters a platform for the professional development for speakers including access to latest research, innovative strategies, and case studies at the forefront of educational innovation. 
  5. Feedback and Collaboration Opportunities: Through meaningful discussions with attendees and exchanging constructive feedback on ideas and research, OED offers an opportunity conducive to sparking new ideas and potential collaborations for future projects.
  6. Compensation

For any inquiries, feel free to contact Ms. Xiaoxian NING at [email protected]