2017 Be-ODL Conference

2017 Be-ODL Conference

2017 Be-ODL Conference

Extract from Forbes article: “Artificial Intelligence In Education: Don’t Ignore It, Harness It!”:

“Human plus machine isn’t the future, it’s the present,” Garry Kasparov said in a recent TED talk. And this “present” is transforming the world of education at a rapid pace.

(…) now virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are gaining traction. (…) Indeed, high costs remain a challenge but the day is not far when AI and VR tools will be as accessible as smartphones and desktop computers.

(…) Moreover, learning is now turning into a truly immersive experience (…) I’ve often heard experts say “technology makes bad teachers worse.” So there is no doubt that we need to continue investing in their training and professional development (…) Read more

To understand the nature of this (r)evolution it is important to explore its effects on training, education and learning. Therefore we invite you to our special event on Friday 1st of December 2017 AM at Axa Trône Brussels, Room One, with two special guests:

  • Nell Watson, the expert of Artificial Intelligence

Nell Watson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging social trends. Nell lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving as Associate Faculty at Singularity University.

More information about Nell

  • Karl Raats, creativity coach

Karl Raats is TEDx Coach and “Speaker of the Year 2014 and 2016” (The Netherlands).

More information about Karl Raats

This event is organized by Be-ODL (Belgian network for Open and Digital Learning) dedicated to spot and analyze digital trends in training, education and learning.


  • 09:30 – doors opening
  • 10:00 – start of the conference – moderator: Alain Gerlache

Nell Watson: Artificial Intelligence and learning in the future

Join Nell Watson for a journey into the landscape of future learning. It’s a place where innovation, talent and skills feature prominently; where new technological solutions grow and spread rapidly; where foresight and effective risk management are at a premium. It is a world transformed by machine intelligence and personalised learning, full of new leadership challenges, a stunning array of opportunities and the looming presence of uncertainty and change.

Karl Raats: How do humans have to learn in this digital innovative world?

  • 12:30 – lunch


  • Registration fee: 30 euros (VAT not applicable)
  • If you need an invoice contact us !
  • Conference in English


Fri 1 December 2017

09:30 – 12:30 CET

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AXA Trône – Room One

boulevard du Régent, 7

1000 Brussels


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