Final Programme Published: Many Reasons to Join the World Learning Summit 2017

Final Programme Published: Many Reasons to Join the World Learning Summit 2017

Save your seat and register now!

The final programme for the World Learning Summit 2017 is published! Exciting keynotes, interactive workshops, scientific research, EdTech experiences and innovative projects provide many reasons to join WLS 2017. “We are proud to welcome world thought leaders: Register today to save your seat at WLS 2017!”, encourages Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands, LINQ chair and co-organizer of the summit. “Come to the beautiful island Kristiansand to discuss with leading experts from all continents”, emphasizes Oddgeir Tveiten from the University of Agder and WLS chair. And June Breivik from BI and conference co-host underlines: “Hurry up to book as seats and hotel space are running out.”

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Exciting keynotes and three tracks are promising excellent exchange


Four keynotes are providing insights from different perspectives: Cathy Casserly, former CEO of Creative Commons, speaks about OER initiatives. Sir John Daniel and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, both leading advocates for learning innovations with long-term experiences as UNESCO policy officers, address openness and quality for smart universities in the post-truth and post-trust era. Joseph Press, CEO of Center for Creative Leadership and adviser to the President of Switzerland, highlights the future challenges of learning in a digitalized work life. Finally Brian Magerko from the Georgia Tech, the leading Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, speaks about the impact of digitalization on learning and society.


Three parallel tracks are offering unique opportunities to discover and discuss latest developments and experiences from research and practice. The first track “Academic” presents the selected scientific papers and projects, the second track deals with “Work-life learning” and the third track focuses “Entrepreneurship and Innovation”.


The World Learning Summit 2017 merges two international networks


The theme for the World Learning Summit 2017 is “SMART UNIVERSITIES”. WLS 2017 is the merger of the two leading conference networks WLS and LINQ with the ambition to create an exciting meeting space with international level speakers. The World Learning Summit (WLS) made its debut June 2016, based on six consecutive conferences in South Norway and in Silicon Valley. The International Conference on Learning Innovations and Quality (LINQ) has run its four prior conferences from various locations.


Courtesy of this new relation, WLS 2017 continues the scientific LINQ proceedings and provides full accreditation for scientific papers recognized and approved by the Norwegian authorities as level 1 publication. All papers were selected through double-blind peer review by the highly accomplished international Programme Committee. The proceedings will be printed on paper (with ISBN) and distributed to all summit participants as well as online under global open access license.


The World Learning Summit 2017 is co-organized by the University of Agder (Norway), the Norwegian Business School, the Open University of the Netherlands and the Stanford University HStar Institute. WLS is supported by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and many other organizations and enterprises.

All details about the World Learning Summit 2017 here:


The Final Programme of the World Learning Summit 2017 is now out

  • The World Learning Summit is taking place in Kristiansand, Norway, on June 7th – 9th, 2017.
  • Registration is open at:
  • We expect participants from all continents at the World Learning Summit 2017
  • World reknowned speakers and about 50 EdTech companies will be discussing the futures and ways ahead for “Smart Universities”.
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Oddgeir Tveiten              Summit co-chair:             +47 91822018          

Christian M. Stracke      Summit co-chair:             +49 160 97801122  

June Breivik                      Summit co-chair:             +47 46410179