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.


Developing A Shared Vision And Goals For Digital Learning

Back in March 2015, Professor Mark Brown contributed to a National Forum event to help address questions raised by the recently published report Strategic and Leadership Perspectives on Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education. This report was written by Jim Devine who was commissioned by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to investigate how institutions are (strategically) responding to the digital learning agenda. As part of the panel presentation, Mark gave the following brief presentation on developing a shared vision and goals for digital learning.