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 happens virtually in all institutions (offering conventional, online and/or open courses). With this background, the OUHK organizes 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.

ICOIE2020_eProceedingsICOIE 2020 Programme BookBuilding on the successes of the conference series in six previous years, the 2020 International Conference on Open and Innovative Education (ICOIE 2020) will be held virtually on 2–4 July 2020.


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 past conferences.


Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, ICOIE 2020 will take place as virtual conference. All participants will attend the conference and present their papers through our video conferencing system.


Conference publications

Accepted full papers will be included in the conference proceedings (with an ISBN). Selected papers will be recommended for consideration to an edited book. Also, special issues of the following journals will be devoted to selected papers of the Conference. The journals include Interactive Technology and Smart Education (ESCI and Scopus listed) and International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (Scopus listed).


Post-conference update: Extended versions of conference papers are being invited for review and publication in the journals.



Interactive Technology and
Smart Education


International Journal of
Mobile Learning and Organisation


Topics of conference papers

Papers relevant to the following topic areas are welcome:



Academic/Learning analytics;


Artificial intelligence in education;


Engaging students and learning design;


Impacts of pandemic on online learning;


Innovations in curriculum development;


Innovations in educational technology;


Mobile and ubiquitous learning;


Open education;


Open educational resources and MOOCs;


Pedagogical innovations;


Social media and technology-mediated learning communities;


STEAM education;


Technology-enabled student advising;


Virtual reality/augmented reality in education; 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 should normally be in English.


Papers may also be written in Chinese and presented in Putonghua. In such a case, an English version of the abstract should be submitted together with the Chinese version.