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Maha Bali’s blog about education

1.c. Keynotes and Invited Talks

Keynotes and Invited Talks

Bali, M. (2019, December 5). Negotiating Equitable Systems for Open Education. Sparc Open Africa symposium. University of Cape Town, South Africa. [Invited virtual panelist]. Slides at

Bali, M. (2019, November 21). Invited panelist at SpotOn19 Conference, e-JUST Smart Village campus, Cairo, Egypt. slides at: I also was a spontaneous panelist speaking about Open Access when someone else canceled!

Bali, M. (2019, November 19). How do we design our learning spaces for intentionally equitable hospitality. OLC Accelerate Online International Summit [keynote panelist, online conference]. Slides at: Recording

Bali, M. (2019, November 15). Intentions & Realities of Social Justice in OEP. [Invited panelist in panel title the journey towards social justice and openness in ODL]. European Distance Learning week [online conference]. Slides at: Recording.

Bali, M. (2019, November 13). Why virtual exchange matters. Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange National Information Day. Cairo University , Cairo, Egypt. Slides at:

Bali, M. (2019, October 10). Transformative Learning for Teachers in the 21st Century [keynote]. U21 Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Slides & recording here)

Bali, M. (2019, August 22). Invited panelist at the Forman Christian College teaching and learning day.

Bali, M. (2019, August 15). Equity Before Innovation: Challenges & Opportunities for Digital Education in a Globalized World. [Keynote] Symposium: Making a plan – the reality of growing new forms of digital teaching and learning provision. University of Cape Town, South Africa. Slides are here: Recording here:

Bali, M. (2019, August 14). Reimagining Digital Literacies from a Feminist Perspective in a Postcolonial Context. Invited Seminar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Slides here: Recording here:

Bali, M. (2019, August 14). Open Pedagogy. Invited workshop at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Slides:

Bali, M. (2019). Invited Panelist at Art Education conference in Egypt

Bali, M. (2018, September). Connecting the world: intentions and realities (keynote). Indie Web Camp NY. Video recording here

Bali, M. (2018, July ). Challenging Academic Gatekeeping: Open Scholarship and Virtually Connecting (keynote). Festival of eLearning Conference, e/Merge Africa, Cape Town, South Africa. Slides and recording available here
Bali, M. (2018, June). Invited session on Remote PhD Supervision at Part-time and Distance Researchers Conference, Imperial College, London, UK. Audio recording here

Bali, M. (2018, April 26). Flipping the Script on Intercultural Learning… and Other Stories (keynote). UniCollaborate, Krakow, Poland. Video, slides, etc. available at:

Bali, M. (2017, September 11). The Promise of Open Education: What Can Open Education Do For You? (keynote) OEPScotland. Video at:

Gilliard, C. and Bali, M. (2017, August 7). Praxis, Privacy and Care in Digital Pedagogies (keynote). Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. Video available here

Bali, M. & Bowles, K. (2017, August 3-7). Networked Learning and Intercultural Collaboration [invited to teach week-long track]. Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.
Bali, M. (2017, May 27). Pedagogical Interventions: Transforming the Academy via New Media, Mobile Technologies & Gaming: CLOSING PLENARY (Invited Panelist). International Communication Association Conference (#ICA17). San Diego, California

Bali, M. (2017, April 5). Hiding in the Open (keynote). Open Educational Resources 2017 (#OER17). London, UK. Slides/video at:
Bali, M., Bowles, K., & Prinsloo, P. (2016, August 11). Inclusive Networked Global Learning (invited workshop). Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg. Recording and pre-workshop article available here:
Bali, M., Caines, A., Berman, M., Eshleman, K., & Koutropoulos, A. (2016, August 9). Praxis of Virtually Connecting (invited workshop). Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg. Recording available here:

Bali, M. (2016, May 26). Virtual Collaborative Scholarship for Development (Featured Speaker Spotlight talk). eLearning Africa, Cairo, Egypt. Presentation available at: (2016, May 26).

Bali, M., & Groom, J. (2016, May 26). Should EdTech have an ethos? Teaching technologies in a post-Snowden age (Featured presentation). AMICAL 2016, American University of Rome, Rome, Italy. Slides and video available:

Regional Invited talks and workshops

    • Invited to offer a workshop at Digital Humanities Institute Beirut at AUB (DHIB) and offered one on Digital Identities (invited Nadine Aboulmagd to join me onsite while I joined in virtually), March 2017
    • Invited to participate in a panel about MOOCs in the launch event of Edraak, May 2014.
  • Invited to speak at a special seminar at AUB around my Critical Citizenship article, January 2014.

Local invited talks and workshops

Bali, M. (2017, December 16). Critical Citizenship Workshop (invited workshop). iSpark Principals’ Event. Cairo, Egypt. Workshop material available here:
Bali, M. (2017, November 30). Curriculum Design Theories and Assessments. RISE Solutions Summit (invited workshop), Cairo, Egypt.
Bali, M. (2017, November 4). Curriculum Theory & Future Trends in Education. (invited workshop). Education Square School for Educational Entrepreneurs. Cairo, Egypt.
Bali, M. (2017, September). Enablers & Hindering Factors to 21st Century School-Based Reform (invited panelist). EducateME Conference, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt.
Bali, M. (2016, November 30). Open Scholarship and Open Pedagogy for the Egyptian Academic (invited talk). OpenMed event. Cairo University.

Bali, M. (2015, September). Problematizing educational standards. Invited presentation at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo. (slides)

Bali, M. (2015). Why & How to Flip the Classroom. National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation for Education Conference (invited presentation), Cairo University, Cairo, May 25, 2015.

Bali, M. (2015). How Open Education is Transforming Lifelong Learning. Faculty of Pharmacy Cairo University Scientific Meeting (invited presentation) ,Cairo University, Cairo. April 25, 2015

Bali, M. (2015). Our Place as EdTechies. ITWorx Education corporate event (invited presentation). April 20, 2015.
Bali, M. (2015, February). Creative Scholarship at AUC [invited moderator]. EURECA Undergraduate Research Conference at AUC, Cairo, Egypt.

Webinars & Similar Invited Talks and Workshops

Bali, M., Zamora, M., & Levine, A. (2018, January 31). Goals, Practices and Challenges of Intercultural Learning: a discussion across 4 countries. (invited webinar). DMLL, Coventry University, UK. (not recorded).
Bali, M. & others (2017, September 26). Diversity, equity and inclusion in OER. Rebus Community Office Hours (invited webinar panelist). Recording available at:
Bali, M., Beckingham, S., MacKinnon, T., Crowson, S., Friedrich, C., & Weller, M. (2017, May 31). #MELSIG Vconnecting Conversation. Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group Event, Edge Hill University, UK. Recording available at:
Bali, M. (2017, May 9). Self as OER #SelfOER from an Egyptian Perspective (invited webinar). UNIR Open Tuesdays. Recording available at:
Bali, M. (2017, March). Keynoting at #OER17: A Personal Perspective. (invited webinar). Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Open Education Special Interest Group (OpenEdSIG). Recording available here:
Bali, M., & Koseoglu, S. (2016, November 2). The Self as an Open Educational Research (invited webinar). Global OER Graduates Network (GO-GN) First Wednesday of the Month Webinar. Recording available at:
Czerniewicz, L., & Bali, M., (2016, September 19-23). Publishing in the Open: Exploring pathways for open access publishing. (invited to co-facilitate one week of online course including webinar). eMerge Africa. Details here
Bali, M. (2014, 2015, 2016). Guest talk on faculty development for SEDA (Staff & Educational Developers Association) Participants.

Other Invitations & Honors

    • Invited to be a “(Hybrid) Visiting Fellow” at the University of Coventry DMLL. This involves me going to spend one day at Coventry University in April, facilitating a session with other educators from around the world, and offering multiple online sessions for faculty and staff at University of Coventry on intercultural learning and other areas within my expertise.
    • Invited to participate in an exclusive conference in Arizona: “A Very Special Invitation to Join 100 Thought Leaders Charting the Future of Learning in the Digital Age”. The title of the event is Dreamers, Doers, and Drivers Shaping the Future of Learning and it takes place April 25-27. Even though I cannot attend in person, they will try to involve me virtually.
    • Invited to participate in the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report, and to contribute a section on Digital Equity, and worked on it (but then the NMC went bankrupt so it never got published).
    • Invited to an interview #101OpenStories with other open educators (Catherine Cronin, Sukaina Walji, Maha AbdelMoneim) interviewed by Jenni Hayman in July, 2017. Interview here:
    • Sloan-C (now OLC) interviewed me on virtual conference participation, published May 2014 (After being awarded top virtual participant at et4online that year for my active Twitter participation and interaction with onsite speakers):
    • Guest speaker in multiple classes related to digital literacies, educational technology and intercultural learning across the world. Many of these are unrecorded.

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