Strong NIDL Presence in Rome at EADTU Conference

The annual Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2016 (20th & 21st October) took place in Rome hosted by the University Telematica. The Minister of Education opened the event (see video) and over the two-days NIDL staff was visible throughout the conference programme. In total, members of the NIDL team presented 10 papers, including a brief invited Plenary by Professor Mark Brown on the last afternoon of the conference. More details of the papers presented by our team can be found in the conference proceedings and/or on the research outputs section of the NIDL website.


The NIDL is particularly active in the European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), which organises the conference, and currently Seamus Fox and Mark Brown serve on the Supervisory Committee.

First Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy

In early June 2016 the first Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy (EOLLA) took in place at Neth-ER in Brussels. The two-day workshop supported with an Online Primer was very successful, evidenced by the positive feedback from participants.IMG_1161

The Leadership Academy is designed around the principles of active learning and includes activities like high-level discussions, creative problem solving and strategic thinking in response to new and emerging models of teaching and learning. Four experienced institutional leaders from the field, including our own Professor Mark Brown, together with a diverse group of established and new and emerging leaders explored a number of real dilemmas, challenging case studies and future scenarios to better understanding some of the opportunities and threats facing Higher Education. Through a mix of short presentations, open discussions and small group work the programme culminated on the final day with a number of business cases being put to a simulated senior leadership team.


The EOLLA is part of a joint initiative between the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and the Empower programme managed by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). Empower supports collaboration and sharing of expertise between European universities and provides specialist advice and guidance for institutional leaders on the latest developments in online, open and flexible education.