Leadership Academy Expands to Greece

The Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy (EOLLA) is a unique and challenging professional development programme. EOLLA.JPGIt was developed by Professor Mark Brown and Fred de Vries with the aim of supporting the needs of both experienced and new and emerging institutional leaders responsible for a variety of open, online and flexible learning initiatives in higher education. Previously Mark has contributed as a faculty member to the Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning offered by the Online Learning Consortium in the United States as well as a similar programme in Australia.


The first EOLLA programme was launched last year in a partnership between the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and the European Consortium for Innovative Universities (ECIU). In 2017, EOLLA has been offered at the end of May to a cohort of 15 participants who met in Brussels at the end of May and more recently to a group of more than 20 staff at the Hellenic Open University in Patras, Greece.

During the two-day programme, which usually begins with an online primer, participants have an opportunity to share experiences and learn from a number of authentic case studies intended to reveal both the challenges and opportunities of leading in an era of change. EOLLA2The programme is designed to promote strategic thinking in the context of a number of wicked problems facing higher education and explore future scenarios for preferred new and emerging models of teaching and learning. As the two different EOLLA programmes offered this year demonstrate there are benefits of working with a single institution but equally when participants can learn from each other across institutions.

A brief presentation about EOLLA appears in the following slide-deck, which was presented at in May 2017 a visionary leadership summit at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.


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.