About the Conference

Openness and innovation are major trends in contemporary education, influencing the whole spectrum of education institutions across the globe. Technological advancement and breakthroughs are bringing about a paradigm shift in contemporary education. Modes of learning and teaching are becoming more open and innovative in terms of time, space, curriculum contents, organization, pedagogical methods, infrastructure and requirements. This change does not only happen in open universities (as well as open courses such as MOOCs of conventional institutions, but also regular courses of conventional tertiary institutions and schools. With this background, the OUHK has organized the annual conferences on open and innovative education with the following aims:

  • provide a platform for sharing research, practices and views relevant to open and innovative education;

  • facilitate networking and cross-institutional collaboration among researchers and educators in fields of educational innovation and/or openness; and

  • promote open and innovative education to enhance educational quality and achievements.

Building on the successes of the conference series in four previous years, the 2018 International Conference on Open and Innovative Education (ICOIE 2018) will be held on 04–06 July 2018 at Jockey Club Campus, the Open University of Hong Kong.


This conference series was originally called International Conference on Open and Flexible Education (ICOFE), it was renamed International Conference on Open and Innovative Education (ICOIE) in 2017. For more information on this conference series, you may visit the websites of ICOIE 2017 (http://icoie2017.ouhk.edu.hk/), ICOFE 2016 (http://icofe2016.ouhk.edu.hk/), ICOFE 2015 (http://icofe2015.ouhk.edu.hk/) and ICOFE 2014 (http://icofe2014.ouhk.edu.hk/).


Conference publications

Accepted full papers will be included in the conference proceedings (with ISBN). Authors of selected papers will also be invited to submit an extended version of their papers for an edited book or a special issue of refereed journals:

Themes of conference papers

Papers relevant to the following themes are welcome:


Pedagogical innovations;


Innovations in educational technology;


Innovations in curriculum development;


Mobile and ubiquitous learning;


Open education;


Engaging students and learning design;


Social media and technology-mediated learning communities;


Open educational resources and MOOCs;


Academic/Learning analytics;


Innovative approaches to higher education management


Virtual learning; and


Other topics relevant to the conference.


Papers on all topics related to open or innovative education are welcome. Papers on related topics will also be considered.

Conference language

The Conference will be conducted in English.

Papers submitted for presentation must be in English.


If there are sufficient papers in Chinese, a Chinese presentation time-slot will be included in the programme.