11th. annual


EDUCATION in context

Education in the context of sustainable development

Crisis? • Conflict? • Climate? • Communication?

video courtesy of Unesco.org

Future Learning Lab



Based on our “pre-summit” program from the spring, our fall semester 2022 WLS webinar program consists of the following sessions – in sum representing our World Learning Summit 2022.

Please note the time frames: We attempt to cover numerous time zones, with attendees over the years from close to 40 different countries.

Duration of each webinar: One hour, including presentation and collaborative discussion.

Please join us and sign up either directly below the program or on this link: Webinars will be recorded and made available after the event for signed-up attendees.


Ebba Ossiannilsson
Oddgeir Tveiten


Learning at scale, access to education, blended learning

Webinar #1
October 21st

San Francisco time: 6–7 AM
Oslo time: 3–4 PM
Singapore time: 9–10 PM

Sustainable Higher education: Future challenges

Donna Kidwell

Chief information security and digital trust officer, Arizona State University

Higher Education is now globally networked. Arizona State University, USA, has a bold strategy to provide open education in collaboration with a constantly expanding network of peer institutions internationally. Donna Kidwell will share key insights from ASU´s strategy and process.

At our May 2022 session on UN sustainable development goals and how they challenge institutions of higher education we laid a foundation for reflecting on new forms of institutional collaboration and open education in the context of multimedia pedagogy and media literacy. 

Engage with us to discuss institutional strategies and bottlenecks.

And take a look at one of Donna Kidwell´s main ideas here:

To truly respect the user, we must respect their data.

As more of our learning, working and living takes place in the digital realm, what and who do you trust? ASU Information Security and Digital Trust (ISDT) is grounded in transparency, security, privacy and empowerment to foster relationships of trust: trust between our institutions, learners and staff; trust between learners and employers; trust between our institutions and the workforce. 

ASU’s ISDT leads work and initiatives that uniquely influence our constituents’ experience of digital life. We aim to lead by example with our own commitment to digital trust by providing transparency and clarity around our practices that require trust.


Stephen Dobson
Cathy Casserly


Educational inclusion, inclusive education, tarbiya, internationalisation, social justice

Webinar #2
October 28th

San Francisco time: 6–7 AM
Oslo time: 3–4 PM
Singapore time: 9–10 PM

Inclusion and exclusion in higher education

Muhammed Zuhdi

Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education and the Head of Quality Assurance Institute of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Indonesia.

What is the meaning of inclusive education in a changing world? What in particular does it mean for تَرْبِيَة (tarbiya) and social justice as Indonesian Muslim Schools increasingly feel the pressure of adopting international curricula? Tarbiya can mean active student participation in their own education, the experience of flourishing and lifelong learning. Relatively little is known outside of the country itself about the manner in which inclusive education is discussed in policy and schooling.

In the latest iteration it is the use of international curricula and assessment offered by Cambridge Assessment and equivalents that has attracted domestic attention. This domestic-facing internationalisation is worth considering as a signifier of inclusive education and raises the question of identity: Islamic, Indonesian and global – what does it mean to be included in the country as a citizen and to have accessible, quality education? Is it to be able to be measured on a national, school and pupil level against other nations? What is Indonesia trying to achieve?

This presentation takes a critical look at the issue of social justice and its effect upon تَرْبِيَة (tarbiya) in the Indonesian education eco-system. Experiences of Muslim parts of this system suggest multiple signifiers of inclusive education; that might translate to global debates in other educational eco-systems.


Oddgeir Tveiten
June Breivik


Learner-centered technology, transforming universities, blockchain, game based learning, post-COVID reflections on blended learning

Each presentation will last for 30 minutes with a few questions at the end, followed by a joint 30 minutes conversation covering all issues and topics raised –

Phil Komarny
Phil Komarny
Phil Long
D Conver medium
David Conover

Webinar #3
November 4th

San Francisco time: 6–7 AM
Oslo time: 2–3.30 PM
Singapore time: 9–10 PM

Please note the time difference for Oslo and everyone else who has shifted away from Summer Time. Webinar time in Oslo/Berlin/Paris is 2 PM.

Beyond Silicon Valley: Education technology re-imagined

Phil Komarny
w/ Phil Long

Phil Komarny is Chief Innovation Officer @ Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Phil Long is

Education and learning technologies come in different sizes and shapes, meant for different purposes. Many of us who work in institutions of higher education would probably agree that no matter how different our institutions may be, we face many of the same challenges. Beyond the Silicon Valley euphoria and COVID-19 experiences, we are institutions, transforming.

In this webinar we have invited back Phil Komarny, who is known to many in our network but new to others. Moving from a role as Vice President of Innovations at Salesforce, in San Francisco to his current role as Chief Innovation Officer at Maryville University of St. Louis, Phil will engage in a dialog on how COVID-19 spurred Maryville University to think along new lines. Along with Phil Komarny is Phil Long, a long-time friend, peer and collaborator on projects across the entire country

David Conover:

Game based learning for social innovation and change

High School teacher extraordinaire from Austin, Texas, David Conover has explored game based learning and learning designs deeply, for a long time. Please find his extensive CV here. Among other things he was recognized by the Obama Administration for his approach to teaching students at risk in the Austin region.

David has promised us some short insights into some of his current projects:

  • In a previous video game, his students explored crisis prevention. They built a simulation of a town devastated by a hurricane and explored how to use blockchain to deliver goods to remote locations.
  • A collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute in developing interactive design — immersive Learning experiences.
  • Working with the Texas Film Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission to help train teachers about the local innovative job opportunities for our at-risk students.


Donna Kidwell
Halvdan Gaute Søvik Haugsbakken


Media literacy, digital skills

Webinar #4
TUESDAY November 15th

San Francisco time: 6–7 AM
Oslo time: 3–4 PM
Singapore time: 9–10 PM

Media literacy: Navigating global information flows​

Alexandre Le Voci Sayad

Director at ZeitGeist (Education, Media and Culture) and International Co-chairman at UNESCO MIL Alliance

Critical media literacy concerns our ability to navigate increasingly complex information flows. We talk of ‘polarization’, ‘fake news’, ‘misinformation’, ‘propaganda’ and much more, but how does all this relate to education as a global challenge, if not to say learning in the context of sustainable communication?

If you are interested in purusing the subject further before or after the session, please check out this book — available in a number of languages for free, here.

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World Learning Summit

World Learning Summit is an annual conference organized by scholars and learning innovators,  dedicated to scholars and innovators sharing a concern with the future of flexible education and life long learning in a world impacted by the twin forces of globalization and digital transformation. 

Our next location-based summit happens in May 2023, where we will pick up on our pre-Covid tradition for staging conversational conferences building networks and sharing experience.

Webinar moderators
& speakers

World Learning Summit moderators are for the most part former keynote speakers at our various events. Brief info available for each one, below:

Professor Dr. and an independent researcher, expert, consultant, quality assessor and influencer in the fields of open, flexible online and distance learning (OFDL), including e-learning, blended learning and hybrid learning, with a focus on quality and the "new normal.”

Ebba Ossiannilsson

Dean, College of Education @ Victoria University of Wellington PO Box 600 Wellington 6140, New Zealand Email: stephen.dobson@vuw.ac.nz

Stephen Dobson

Senior lecturer @ State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta Jl. Ir. Juanda No. 95 Ciputat 15412 Indonesia Email: zuhdi@uinjkt.ac.id

Muhammed Zuhdi

Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D. (Cathy) is an Advisor, Strategic Consultant and Executive Coach. Previously, Catherine was CEO and President of Creative Commons, Aspen Institute Fellow, Vice President at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Vice President at EdCast, a mobile first start-up.

Cathy Casserly

Professor of media studies @ University of Agder, Southern Norway
Professor of media studies ad NLA University College, Norway oddgeir.tveiten@uia.no

Oddgeir Tveiten

Chief information security and digital trust officer @ Arizona State University

Donna Kidwell

Alexandre Le Voci Sayad is journalist, educator and novelist, director of ZeitGeist organization in Brazil and international co-chairman of UNESCO MIL Alliance. He holds a Master degree in Artificial Intelligence and Ethics.

Alex Le Voci Sayad

Phil Komarny is an award winning senior executive with a 25-plus year track record of delivering innovative, high value solutions by aligning existing problems with emerging technologies.

Phil Komarny

What people say about our World Learning Summits

I keep coming back to these conferences. May there be many more.
Keith Devlin
Former Executive Director of Stanford University's H-Star institute
I have attended these conferences for years. What I love especially about them is the friendly atmosphere and the emphasis on networking
Anjum Malik
Co-founder, Hofter Institute, Austin, Texas, USA
I congratulate the organizers with the network they have set up
Phil Komarny
Chief Innovation Officer, Maryville University of St. Louis, USA

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