Dr. Don Olcott receives The ICDE Individual Prize of Excellence

October 28, 2013 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Don Olcott Portrait


ICDE rewards outstanding achievement in open and distance education through the Prize of Excellence award for both individuals and institutions. The Prize of Excellence is normally presented on a biennial basis at the ICDE World Conference.


The Individual Prize of Excellence

This prize is awarded for significant contribution to the field over the past five years. The prize focuses on rewarding innovation and progress in the field, as well as significant contribution to the international open and distance learning community. The Individual Prize of Excellence may also be awarded to individuals who have shown great leadership and excellence in the work of an open and distance learning association at national, regional or global level over the past five years, and who have moved the international cooperation within open and distance learning forward in a decisive manner.

This year, EDEN Fellow Dr. Don Olcott received this prestigious award.

As the ICDE Laudatio for Dr Olcott reads,

Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., Professor of Educational Leadership and Open and Distance Learning University of Maryland University College, USA has played an important role in developing collaborative approaches to transnational open and distance education. As leader of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education from 2007-2010, Dr. Olcott served as an advocate for the use of open and distance learning in transnational higher education and founded the first global forum on Transnational Education, held in Malaysia in 2009. During this same period, he chaired the Board of Directors of the United States Distance Learning Association, in which role he encouraged collaboration with national associations on four continents, including an ongoing collaborative partnership between USDLA and EDEN. For this work, he was recognized as an EDEN Fellow in 2010.

Dr. Olcott recently completed an extended consultancy as Head of Strategic Planning and International Engagement with the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. He has also served as an external consultant with the UK Open University and as an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland University College and the University of New England, Australia.

The jury concludes that "Dr. Olcott’s career exemplifies his commitment to the spirit of borderless collaboration that is the hallmark of open and distance learning in the Information Age".

We congratulate Don for this outstanding achievement and wish all the best.