Date: 4 November 2016
Time: 11:00am–12:00nn Hong Kong time (03:00–04:00 GMT)
Video Replay: Online Replay
Reference Material:


CSU Online Learning Model
Speaker: Dr. Don Olcott, Jr.
Head of Campus – Virtual; Co-Director of the uImagine Digital Innovation Laboratory at Charles Sturt University in Australia
Abstract: This session will focus on 1) key strategies for leading change in open and distance learning organisations, and 2) best practices and strategies for online teaching and learning. Indeed, at first glance one may see these two areas as distinctly different; change focused on strategic goals and online teaching and learning as pedagogical practice. This session will examine how transforming online teaching and learning to thrive in a competitive marketplace requires visionary change processes to create an organisational culture conducive to high quality online teaching and learning.
About the speaker: Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA, is Head of Campus – Virtual, Professor of Educational Leadership and Open and Distance Learning (ODL); and Co-Director of the uImagine Digital Innovation Laboratory at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Educational Leadership and ODL with the University of Maryland University College and Oldenburg University in Germany.

Dr. Olcott is former Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and is a 2010 EDEN Fellow bestowed by the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) for his leadership and contributions to European open and distance learning.

Dr. Olcott’s research interests include language and culture in cross-border higher education, sustainable ODL and open educational resources (OER) business models, innovative learning design models for ODL, and leadership and innovation in ODL and OER.