Digital 2020: building innovative learning communities

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 7.2. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

The emergence of innovative learning design approaches is expanding the educational landscape for online and digital teaching and learning.  Moreover, depending upon your particular vantage point, the learning design continuum can be very diverse and creative. 

This session will bring together four interrelated perspectives of how digital learning communities are bringing together people from widely separate locations and divergent cultural and political backgrounds in a common, mediated and synchronous virtual space. A distinguished global panel will discuss a variety of approaches to this new learning design continuum including the role of OERS, advanced digital technologies, connected learning communities, and what ‘open’ means for the future. 

This session is curated by Professor Don Olcott, Professor of Educational Leadership and ODL and Co-Director, uImagine Digital Innovation Laboratory, Charles Sturt University, Australia as part of our 2015 guest curated session series.

Professor Martin Hall
Chair of the Board, Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc); Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town, UK

Professor Martin Hall is chair of the board of Jisc, the UK’s information technology service for higher and further education. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Manchester, from 2009 until the end of 2014 and is the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. Session 7.2

Professor Martin Hall

Dr William Lawton
International Higher Education Consultant, UK

Dr William Lawton is the former Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education and before that a founding member of the UK HE International Unit. At the Canadian High Commission in London he was a political analyst on UK devolution and Head of Academic Relations. In the last few years Bill has published on branch campuses, comparative quality assessment, the use of recruitment agents, TNE and related internet requirements and massive open online courses. Session 7.2 Session P.2

Dr William Lawton

Professor Don Olcott
Professor - Educational Leadership and Open and Distant Learning; Co-Director - uImagine Digital Innovation Laboratory, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Professor Olcott is former Chief Executive of The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) in the UK (2007-2010), former Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and was appointed a Fellow of the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) in 2010. Dr. Olcott was the 2013 recipient of the International Council of Distance Education (ICDE) Individual Prize of Excellence. Session 7.2

Professor Don Olcott

Professor Sandra Wills
Pro Vice-Chancellor - Student Learning, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Professor Wills has been recognised for her leadership and ODL in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include OERs, digital learning design, and leveraging leadership opportunities for women and ethnic minorities.  Prior to assuming her role as PVC, she led the learning and teaching division at the University of Wollongong for twenty years. Session 7.2

Professor Sandra Wills