Taking on the World by Walking Towards the Future

A handful of the NIDL team was delighted today to meet up with DCU Connected student Cian MacManamon who later in the month will be competing for Ireland at the World University Games in Taipei.

bGLJxIZf_400x400Cian recently completed his Post Graduate Diploma whilst juggling training, competing and studying online through DCU Connected. He’s a great example of how busy schedules even for elite athletes don’t stop online students from earning degrees and achieving their personal and professional goals. The ability to manage time, meet tight deadlines and see it through to the end goal whilst meeting other commitments are all important qualities employers tell us they value in our part-time online students. And the flexibility of online study means that Cian intends returning to DCU in September 2017 to continue his postgraduate studies.


Cian is one of eight DCU students competing at the World University Games. We wish him all the best in Taipei and look forward to hearing more about his combined sporting and academic success as he walks towards the future.


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.