Global MOOC and Online Education Conference 2023

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

GMC 2023 is now open for registration! 

December 14-16, 2023
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

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.


  • DAY 1: December 14
    • GMA Board Meeting (closed-door)
      session 1: 9:00-10:40
      session 2: 15:00-16:40
    • Workshop: “Future Literacy Laboratory: AI Engagement in 2035: Reconstructing Future Universities and Education”
      session 1: 9:00-12:00 (GMT+1)
      session 2: 14:00-17:00 (GMT+1)
  • DAY 2: December 15
    • Main conference: “Reconstruction of Future Universities and Education Driven by Artificial Intelligence”
      9:00-12:00 (GMT+1)
    • Sub-forum 1: “Empowering STEM Education through Digital Technologies: Explore Winning Cases of the Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance Awards”
      14:00-15:30 (GMT+1)
    • Sub-forum 2: “Advancing Educational Equity: Promoting Inclusive Lifelong Education”
      15:30-17:00 (GMT+1)
  • DAY 3: December 16
    • Sub-forum 3: “Enhancing Teacher Digital Literacy: The Driving Force behind Digital Transformation”
      9:00-10:30 (GMT+1)
    • Sub-forum 4: “Exploring the Digital Future of Higher Education: Integrate and Innovate AI with Future Capabilities”
      10:30-12:00 (GMT+1)


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.

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.


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.”

Featured Speakers

(In alphabetical order)

Alan Spivey

Associate Provost for Learning & Teaching, Imperial College London

Borhene Chakroun

Director of Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems Division at UNESCO-Headquarters and interim Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

David Lazaro

Director of Edraak

Donatella Sciuto

Rector, Politecnico di Milano

DU Jiangfeng

Vice President of XuetangX

Fulvio Corno

Rector Delegate for Education and Technologies, Politecnico di Torino

Gerardo L. Blanco

Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education, associate professor of Higher Education, Boston College

Heather Haseley

Director of Education Innovation, University of Exeter

Ian Howell

General Manager of FutureLearn

Kathy Pugh

Senior Vice President for Partnerships of 2U/edX

Massimo Ambrosetti

Italian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

Riel Miller

Head of Futures Literacy, UNESCO, Paris

Giuliano Noci

Vice-Rector for China of Politecnico di Milano

Paulina Pannen

Chairman of Indonesia Cyber Education Institute

Pier Cesare Rivoltella

President of SIREM (Italian Institution for the research on online education) ; Professor on teaching innovation at Università di Bologna

Stefania Giannini

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

Stefano Ronchi

Vice Rector for Education and Learning of Politecnico di Milano

Susanna Sancassani

Managing Director Task force teaching learning Innovation of Politecnico di Milano

Thapanee Thammetar

Director of Thai MOOC

WANG Shuaiguo

CEO of XuetangX

WANG Xiqin

President of Tsinghua University; Chair of the Global MOOC and Online Education Alliance 

WU Yan

Vice Minister, Ministry of Education,China


Director of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)


Vice Chairman, Tsinghua University Council

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