Distance Education Leadership and Management – COL video series 2012
There is growing awareness that individual inputs regarding aspects of distance learning methodology – e.g. learning resources or new technology – are very unlikely on their own to have sustained impact without sound leaders and managers who understand not only the context of the learners but also the full requirements for successful distance learning provision.
These leaders/managers also need to have the capability (authority and resources) to integrate all the aspects required to implement such a different methodology of learning.
This Distance Education Leadership and Management video series brings together several successful leaders/managers to talk about what they do and what they say are the critical ingredients for sustainable, quality distance learning. The participants are all highly accomplished and provide different perspectives from their different roles in varous types of institutions.
Helen Lentell, a Fellow in Distance Learning at the University of Leicester, UK and former COL staff member co-produced this video series with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) through conversations held in July 2012 at COL's Offices in Vancouver, Canada.
The videos are open educational resources (OER) and available for download and use by anyone.
In this introductory video, Helen Lentell discusses the series of videos she helped produce for COL on the subject of distance education leadership and management.
Helen Lentell in conversation with:
- Dominique Abrioux who has led a large single mode distance learning provision and written extensively about leadership in distance learning.
- Joan Collinge has led and managed large distance learning departments within dual mode provision but with different student bodies and institutional missions and has been very active in the professional bodies of Distance Learning.
- Margaret Haughey has worked for a number of distance learning providers and had many distance learning roles. She has a background in educational administration and policy. She is currently responsible for all academic affairs at a large single mode provider. She is an active researcher and has been very active in the professional bodies of distance learning.
- Erin Keough has led and managed large distance learning departments within dual mode provision but with different student bodies and institutional missions and has been very active in the professional bodies of Distance Learning.
- Angela Kwan has set up and led COL’s for profit provision within an organisation that is not primarily concerned with direct course provision.
- Alison Mead-Richardson has worked for many development agencies commissioning distance learning provision and she is also a distance learning practitioner having worked in many and diverse contexts.
- Ross Paul has worked in leadership roles in both single mode and dual mode provision and written about leadership in academic institutions.